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The Robert D. Alexander Lecture in the Liberal Arts

Denis McDonough, Former White House Chief of Staff

“The Liberal Arts in an Age of Artificial Intelligence”

Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom

How do artificial intelligence and the liberal arts work together? Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough answers this question, and more, in his upcoming lecture.

Get the inside scoop on how Mr. McDonough took the political world by storm and became an advisor to the most powerful man in the world- all with a degree in the liberal arts. During his evening at TCU, he will have many stories to tell that draw on his academic training, from being in the situation room during the capture of Bin Laden to the hard lessons learned through the failure when first launching Obamacare.


This event is free and open to the public.

The Robert D. Alexander Lecture in the Liberal Arts, hosted by AddRan College of Liberal Arts at TCU, is made possible by our generous donors.


Past Lectures

Manuel Lima’s keynote lecture “The Power of Networks” was held on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 in the BLUU Ballroom.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009”, Manuel Lima is the Design Lead of, the founder of, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design.

Manuel has worked for Microsoft, Nokia, R/GA, and Kontrapunkt. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design, New York. During the course of the MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency.

Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken in numerous conferences, schools and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, University of Amsterdam, MediaLab Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers, such as Wired, New York Times, Science, BusinessWeek, Creative Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Grafik magazine, SEED, Étapes, and El País. His latest book Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese.

SIr Ken Robinson’s lecture “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative” was held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 in the Brown-Lupton University Union.

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.

He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Arts and Design, the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, the LEGO Prize for international achievement in education and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he was named as one of TIME/FORTUNE/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.

His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley). Sir Ken was born in Liverpool, UK, as one of seven children. He is married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. They have two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los Angeles, California.