AGS students have the opportunity to hear from today's most prominent, strategic voices through public lectures, conversation style events, small group sessions and formal dinners. Through four different speaker series and other co-sponsored events, AGS provides students with unparalleled learning opportunities and access to incredible leaders, practitioners and scholars.
Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture Series
The Ambassador Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture series was endowed for the purpose of bringing prominent figures in international security, foreign policy and diplomacy to Duke University in order to engage with students, faculty and the larger Duke community about issues of international importance.
In 2017-2018, the endowment brought John Podesta and Reince Priebus to Duke in a two-part lecture series entitled "One Year Later: America's Role One Year After the Election that Shook the World."
Hallmark AGS Speaker Series
The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy invites a number of prominent leaders, practitioners and scholars from diverse professional backgrounds and political perspectives to speak and meet with aspiring strategists. Through conversation-style events, small group meetings and formal dinners, the Hallmark AGS Speaker Series gives students the opportunity to learn from leaders whose shoes they hope to one day fill.
AGS History and International Security (HIS) Series
Hosted by Professor Simon Miles, the HIS series brings prominent diplomatic and military historians to Duke for public events and small-group meetings with students.
In 2017-2018, the series brought three distinguished historians to Duke: Jeffrey Engel, Director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and author of When the World the Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War; William Taubman, Betrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times; and William Hitchcock, professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s.
The Cyber Club was founded with the mission of educating members and the Duke community at large on cutting-edge cyber issues. The Cyber Series works toward that goal by hosting bimonthly events with experts and practitioners in industry, intelligence and academia. The series also features one high-profile cyber speaker at Duke each semester.