A sampling of recent visitors to Duke
- Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She discussed U.S. immigration and counterterrorism policies and reforms needed to maximize border security.
- Bill Frist, former majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a member of Duke's Global Health Institute board of advisers, at a GHI conference on U.S. and Chinese health care.
- Richard Roberts, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, at the Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium. He spoke about the genetic diversity of bacteria, including the increasing dangers of drug-resistant bacteria created by the misuse of antibiotics.
- Morgan Spurlock, documentary film director, at Griffith Film Theater. He spoke about his newest documentary, The Best Movie Ever Sold, which was funded entirely through product placement.
- Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Pakistan, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He spoke of the strategic framework being implemented by the U.S. to stabilize the Afghanistan and Pakistan governments.
- Samir Sumaida'ie, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., in the White Lecture Hall. He spoke of the relationship between the U.S. and Iraq and the struggle of forging a democracy in a country that still is experiencing conflict.
- James Kvaal, deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He spoke about the lag in America's college graduation rate and the initiative to increase this rate from 38 percent to 60 percent by the year 2020.
- Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, at the divinity school. He spoke of the relationship between American and Israeli Jews, discussing their differing visions of Zionism.