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About the Series...

The Sacerdote Great Names Series brings to campus national and international leaders in government, business, science and the arts. Established in 1996, the series provides Hamilton students, professors and staff members, as well as the broader community, with opportunities to interact with some of the world’s most renowned individuals through free, public lectures and, in many cases, intimate classroom discussions. The series is made possible by a significant gift from Peter and Bonnie Sacerdote and their son Alex Sacerdote ’94, and is named in their honor.

Previous Guests

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Tina Fey

Executive producer, head writer, and star of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy 30 Rock

David Cameron

The Right Honourable David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016)

Great Names/Common Ground Rice and Rice

Condoleezza Rice & Susan Rice

Former national security advisors Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

American astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

Former New York Yankees captain and five-time World Series champion

Hillary Clinton at Great Names

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Recording Artist and Multiple Grammy Award Winner

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central comedian

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw

Broadcast Journalist, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News

Summer 2007

Al Gore

45th Vice President of the United States

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright

64th Secretary of State of the United States

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

39th President of the United States

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa

B.B. King

B.B. King

Blues Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Holocaust Survivor, Author and Peace Advocate

F.W. de Klerk

F.W. de Klerk

President of South Africa

James Carville and Mary Matalin

James Carville and Mary Matalin

James Carville, Senior Political Advisor to President Bill Clinton; Mary Matalin, Deputy Campaign Manager for President George Bush

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 65th Secretary of State of the United States

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