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List of Speakers by Year

The LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series honors the legacy of Texas State University's most distinguished alumnus and the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, by fulfilling his promise to bring important leaders to the university to share their philosophies and experiences.

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Previous Speakers in the Series

2020

  • John Quiñones · Biography
    Emmy Award-winning ABC News veteran and creator/host of What Would You Do?

2019

  • Common · Biography
    Grammy, Emmy and Oscar-winning artist, actor, author and activist

2018

  • José Hernández · Biography
    Astronaut and engineer
  • Bryan Stevenson · Biography
    Attorney, author, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative

2017

  • Dr. Samantha Nutt · Biography
    Founder and executive director of War Child in North America

2016

  • William H. McRaven · Biography
    The University of Texas System Chancellor and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral

2015

  • Robert Rodriguez · Biography
    Film director, screenwriter and producer

2013

  • Patrick J. Kennedy · Biography
    Former U.S. representative and co-founder of One Mind for Research

2011

  • Soledad O'Brien · Biography
    Award-winning journalist and CNN anchor

2009

  • Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson · Biographies
    Moderated by Harry Middleton

2007

  • Isabel Allende · Biography
    Author
  • Erin Brockovich · Biography
    Environmental activist

2005

  • Maya Angelou · Biography
    Poet, author and activist
  • Arnold Mitchem · Biography
    President of the Council for Opportunity in Education

2004

  • John Seigenthaler · Biography
    Founder, First Amendment Center
  • Tibor P. Nagy Jr. · Biography
    Former ambassador to Ethiopia and Guinea

2003

  • Parker J. Palmer · Biography
    Writer, teacher
  • Robert Krueger · Biography
    Former U.S. representative, senator and ambassador

2002

  • Morris Dees · Biography
    Co-founder and chief counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center

2001

  • David Shribman · Biography
    Washington bureau chief, Boston Globe

2000

  • Ida Castro · Biography
    Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • George Christian and Harry Middleton · Biographies
    Former press secretary to LBJ; director of the LBJ Library

1998

  • Rita Dove · Biography
    Past poet laureate of the United States

1997

  • Jim Lehrer · Biography
    PBS news anchor and author
  • Jack Valenti · Biography
    CEO, Motion Picture Association of America

1996

  • Helen Thomas · Biography
    White House UPI bureau chief

1995

  • Richard W. Riley · Biography
    Secretary of Education

1994

  • Jake Pickle · Biography
    U.S. representative

1992

  • Liz Carpenter · Biography
    Author, columnist

1991

  • Larry L. King · Biography
    Playwright, author

1990

  • Lukas Foss · Biography
    Composer, conductor

1989

  • William S. Sessions · Biography
    Director, FBI
  • James Farmer · Biography
    Civil rights leader

1987

  • The Next Amendment · Biography
    Play celebrating 200th anniversary of the Constitution

1986

  • Keith Best · Biography
    Member of British Parliament

1985

  • Dr. James “Red” Duke · Biography
    Physician, TV personality
  • William D. Ford · Biography
    U.S. representative

1984

  • Bobby Ray Inman · Biography
    Former director, National Security Agency, and deputy director, CIA
  • Jim Wright · Biography
    U.S. House Majority Leader

1983

  • Gerald Ford · Biography
    Former President of the United States
  • C. Warren Hollister · Biography
    Historian, with one of four extant copies of the Magna Carta

1982

  • W. Thomas Johnson · Biography
    Publisher, Los Angeles Times, and former secretary to LBJ
  • Barbara Jordan · Biography
    Former U.S. representative, attorney