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Presidential Speaker Series: Archive

The Presidential Speaker Series brings world-renowned individuals to Tulane, generating discussion and providing an opportunity for our community to learn from distinguished professionals with unique perspectives, talents and stories.

Risk: A User's Guide - A Conversation with General Stanley McChrystal

Gen. Stanley McChrystal and President Fitts

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired four-star general and a current senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and Tulane President Michael A. Fitts engaged in a discussion about military leadership and the importance of self-discipline on March 10, 2023 at the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University.

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Notable Tulanians: A Conversation with Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson and President Fitts

Walter Isaacson, Leonard Lauder Professor of American History and Values and Co-Chair of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, sat down with Tulane President Mike Fitts to discuss "The Future of Tulane and New Orleans" on October 21, 2022.

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A Virtual Conversation with Lisa Perez Jackson (E’83) and Colonel Douglas G. Hurley (E’88)

Lisa Jackson and Doug Hurley

On Feb. 11, 2021, Tulane University President Michael Fitts hosted alumni Lisa Jackson (E ’83) and Col. Douglas G. Hurley (E ’88) in the third installment of the Presidential Speaker Series. Titled Mindset: Breaking Barriers, the episode focused on the distinguished speakers’ accomplishments in breaking barriers and opening doors with what President Fitts called a “growth mindset.”

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A Conversation with Ruby Bridges and Marc Morial

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President Michael Fitts hosted the second installment of the Presidential Speaker Series— A Conversation with Ruby Bridges and Marc Morial— via Zoom on Wednesday, July 22.

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Inaugural Presidential Speaker Series: Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Nora Lustig

More than 1,330 members of the Tulane community packed McAlister Auditorium on Friday, October 25 to hear U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discuss some of her life experiences, role models, her new book and her career. Justice Sotomayor was the inaugural guest speaker of Tulane President Mike Fitts' Presidential Speaker Series.

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