Speaker Roundup

Winter talks by public policy players

Duke President Emerita Nannerl O. Koehane

Keohane: What a leader looks like.
Megan Morr

  • Nannerl O. Keohane, president emerita of Duke, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She spoke about her new book, Thinking About Leadership, and discussed the traits shared by effective leaders.
  • Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in the Geneen Auditorium at the Fuqua School of Business. During her appearance, she blamed the 2008 financial crisis on “a systematic breakdown in accountability.”
  • Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. In a conversation with Duke political scientist Peter Feaver, he spoke about his experiences covering the Obama administration, including the workings of the White House press operation and the President’s record in communicating his ideas to the public.
  • Edwidge Danticat, Haitian fiction writer, in Smith Warehouse. She read from her recent work and spoke about the ways writers both in Haiti and in the Haitian diaspora have responded creatively to last year’s earthquake.
  • William K. Reilly, co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, in Reynolds Industries Theater. He spoke about the commission’s procedures and findings.


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