The Mary C. Parker Yates Lecture, endowed in 1996 by Murphy Institute alumna Rebecca Yates(‘89) Velander in memory of her mother, is the Murphy Institute’s major public academic event. Designed to promote university-wide discussion of issues of current concern, the annual Yates Lecture brings leading thinkers and public figures to the Tulane campus.
Past Yates Lectures
Fall 2016 Yates Lecture: Giovanni Peri
The Economic Opportunities from Immigration
"Fiscal Therapy: A Rehab Program for America's Debt Addiction"
"What is Political Development?"
Glenn C. Loury
"Obama Is No King: On the Fracturing of the Black Prophetic Tradition"
"The Transformation of Europe and the End of the Cold War"
"In Praise of Globalization"
W. Kip Viscusi
"What is a Life Worth?"
Joseph E. Stiglitz
"Fair Trade For All"
Craig N. Murphy
"A Better Way? The Marshall Plan and the UN Development Model After 9/11"
"The Many Faces of Liberalism"
"The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror"
"Can the European Union Afford the Euro and Enlargement in the East?"
Michael S. McPherson
"The American College as Democratic Institution"
"The Authority of the Academy: Intellectuals and Their Publics in the 20th Century"
"The Haunting of the American Welfare State"
"The Gambler's Grail: Grace, Luck, and Fortune in American Cultural History"
"Economic Integration and Political Disintegration"