Biddle Lecture Archive

The Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture in International Studies, inaugurated at Duke University on November 5, 1992 with The Honorable Vernon Anthony Walters as the first invited speaker, was established by Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and James H. Semans and their family to honor Mrs. Semans’ father, who had a distinguished career as a diplomat in the service of the United States and was an original signer of The Duke Endowment.

The Lecture symbolizes Duke University’s continuing commitment to promoting international understanding.

November 1992

The Honorable Vernon Anthony Walters

March 1995

The Honorable William H. Luers

April 1997

The Honorable Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

November 1998

The Honorable Robert L. Gallucci

October 2000

The Honorable Philip Lader

February 2001

The Honorable James A. Joseph (former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa)
Ethics and Diplomacy: What I Learned from Nelson Mandela“

April 2003

The Honorable John O’Leary (former U.S. Ambassador to Chile)
“From Old Politics to New Diplomacy: Lesson from Chile on Free Trade in the 21st Century”

November 2004

The Honorable David C. Litt (former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates)
“Challenges for Diplomacy in the Age of Terrorism: A Personal View”

November 2006

Diana Villiers Negroponte (U.S. Institute of Peace)
“Behind the Foreign Policy Push for Liberal Democracy in the Middle East”

October 2009

Damon Wilson (Duke, BA ’95), Mark Lorey (Duke, BA ’95) & Sonya Wu-Winter (Duke, BA ’95)
Pathways of International Service — Experiences and Reflections From Three Duke Alums“

April 2013

The Honorable Donna Hrinak (former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic)
“Latin America: More Than Just an Asterisk?”