Distinguished Visitors Program

About the Program

From senior government leaders to heads of nonprofits and international institutions, Distinguished Visitors bring their global experiences and insights to the Northwestern community, enriching learning and enhancing research across campus.

The Distinguished Visitors Program establishes new partnerships between Northwestern and international organizations, strengthens existing partnerships, and provides Northwestern students and faculty opportunities to interact with, and learn from, prominent global leaders.

The Distinguished Visitors Program furthers the Buffett Institute's commitment to collaborative research, public dialogue, and engaged scholarship.

About the Inaugural Distinguished Visitor

Talbott headshotStrobe Talbott, the inaugural Distinguished Visitor, is the current president of the Brookings Institution, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining Brookings, he was the founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Talbott was a long-time reporter for Time magazine before serving as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from 1994-2001.

Talbott will be on campus for three visits throughout the winter and spring quarters, where he will take part in major public conversations on topics such as D.C. politics, the policy relevance of academic research, and contemporary Russia. His plans include interacting with students interested in careers in journalism and public policy, participating in courses, and engaging with faculty and Buffett Institute research groups.

"I’m excited and honored to visit Northwestern and the Buffett Institute in the course of 2018," Talbott says. "Having met with faculty and learned about the Institute’s mission, I’m impressed by the quality of soon-to-be-colleagues and looking forward to exchanging ideas—and, of course, engaging with students. I will learn from the experience, and, I hope, my career of journalism, diplomacy, and policy-research in Washington might help me bring useful perspectives to the teachers, the students, and the community."

Talbott is the first in what is planned to be a long line of distinguished visitors. Stay tuned for forthcoming announcements.

To recommend potential distinguished visitors, or to inquire about the program, contact Ariel Schwartz at ariel.schwartz@northwestern.edu