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  • Behavioral economist and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks discusses "The Art of Happiness" weaving together prominent works of art, music, poetry, eastern and western philosophy, and the latest in the science of human happiness.
  • Microsoft President Brad Smith ’81 S81 P15 spoke to a packed audience of more than 500 people in McCosh Hall on Thursday, March 1 on "The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: Who Will Have Jobs in the Future?"
  • Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. (USMC-ret.), administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under President Barack Obama and former astronaut, delivered a public lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
  • Doug Herrington, SVP for North America Retail at Amazon and a member of Princeton's Class of 1988, shared insights and reflections on his career path and on innovation at Amazon with the campus community at a lecture on November 30, 2017.
  • Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, Inc., and a member of Princeton’s Class of 1976, gave a preview of the future during an April 30 Gilbert Lecture about the increasingly interconnected relationship between humans and machines.
  • Mark Wilf, a principal of the family-owned Garden Homes real estate firm, owner/president of the Minnesota Vikings football team, and a member of Princeton’s Class of 1984, spoke on “Business, Football, and Tzedakah: A Tiger’s Journey” on April 21, 2015.
  • Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; and Chief, Central Security Service, spoke about “Challenges and Opportunities in an Interconnected World” on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
  • Based on four decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur, Thomas Siebel shared insights on the formation, planning, and operation of successful technology companies during a February 26 Gilbert Lecture.

About the Gilbert Lecture Series

Founded in 1988, the Gilbert Lecture Series was established by G. S. Beckwith Gilbert of the Class of 1963 to bring innovative leaders in business, government, and the professions to the Princeton campus to discuss their ventures and the insights gained in their careers.

Lecturers have included former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Bill Simon, former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes ’54, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos ’86, former eBay President and CEO and current Hewlett-Packard President and CEO Meg Whitman ’77, and Ford Motor Company Executive Bill Ford, Jr. ’79, among many others.


About G. S. Beckwith Gilbert ’63

A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton, Beck Gilbert received his MBA in 1967 from New York University. He is an honorary member of the Weill Cornell School of Medicine Class of 2004. In 2006, Mr. Gilbert received an MS in immunology, with a focus on cancer, from Rockefeller University.

Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Harvard Medical School Fellows, he currently serves as a Director of the Yale Cancer Institute, and the Cancer Research Institute.

2017-18 Past Events

Michael E. Novogratz ’87

Mon, Apr 30, 2018, 4:30 pm

David W. R. Purdie

Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 4:30 pm

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks P20

Tue, Mar 27, 2018, 4:30 pm

Bradford L. Smith, Esq. ’81 S81 P15

Thu, Mar 1, 2018, 4:30 pm

Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.

Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 4:30 pm

Douglas J. Herrington ’88

Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 4:30 pm

Anastasia Golfinos Daifotis, M.D. ’82

Thu, Oct 26, 2017, 4:00 pm

Shaikh Nawaf S. Al-Sabah ’94

Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 12:00 pm

A. Riley Siebel ’11 and Edward Y. Abbo ’85

Upcoming Events

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