Lectures and Events

100+ public talks on global development, human rights, foreign policy, and other international topics are organized and co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute each year.

Guests typically participate in a public lecture as well as a small dinner and reception with students and faculty (dinner is by invitation only). If you are interested in being invited to these dinners, please email us letting us know which upcoming speaker you'd like to dine with.

A full listing of upcoming Buffett events can be found on our websitePlanIt Purple feed, or through our weekly email digest. You can also RSVP to our events though our Facebook page.

Lecture topics

  • Global Development Series offers students the opportunity to network with and learn from established leaders in international development thought and practice. Speakers have included Paul Collier, Esther Duflo, William Easterly, Paul Farmer, Bernard Kouchner, and Nicholas Kristof.
  • Human Rights Speaker Series fosters critical thinking on global human rights issues from a variety of perspectives. Speakers have included Naomi Klein, Wang Dan, Shirin Ebadi, Thomas Pogge, Amartya Sen, and Peter Singer.
  • The Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium is a speaker series held on Fridays from 12–1 PM during the regular school year. The Buffett Institute hosts Northwestern faculty members and/or visiting fellows in global studies to present their current research to the community.
  • Keyman Modern Turkish Studies hosts public lectures on modern Turkey and Turkish Studies several times a quarter.