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Phillips Lecture: David M. Rubenstein & Fareed Zakaria

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

On Tuesday, April 2, the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy is pleased to present our spring 2024 Phillips Lecture featuring the philanthropist David M. Rubenstein and political commentator Fareed Zakaria in conversation with Peter Feaver.

Rubenstein and Zakaria will discuss global elites, populism, the role of higher education in those trends, and what it means for the US role in the world today.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required.

Tickets can be reserved with the Duke Box Office at tickets.duke.edu (website can be difficult in some web browsers). A limit of four (4) tickets can be reserved.


Registration for dinner has been closed.

This event is part of the Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture Series and the Duke Centennial.


David M. Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. Established in 1987, Carlyle now manages $426 billion from 28 offices around the world.

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Gallery of Art, the Economic Club of Washington, and the University of Chicago; a Trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Constitution Center, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; and a Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Philosophical Society, Business Council, Harvard Global Advisory Council (Chairman), Madison Council of the Library of Congress (Chairman), Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Business School at Harvard, Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University (former Chairman), and Board of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. 

Mr. Rubenstein has served as Chairman of the Boards of Duke University and the Smithsonian Institution, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution, and as a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation.


Fareed Zakaria is the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, a columnist for The Washington Post, and a bestselling author.

Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs around the world on CNN. Since its debut in 2008, it has featured interviews with Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Emmanuel Macron, Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Greta Thunberg, and the Dalai Lama, among others.

Zakaria is the author of four highly-regarded New York Times bestselling books: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World (2020), on how the pandemic reshaped society; The Post-American World (1st ed. 2008, 2nd ed. 2011), a discussion of the rise of non-Western powers; The Future of Freedom (2003), a study of “illiberal democracy” in various countries; and In Defense of a Liberal Education (2015), a commentary on the importance of a well-rounded education. Three of these were international bestsellers, translated into more than 20 languages. 



April 2
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Page Auditorium
402 Chapel Drive
Durham, 27708 United States