29th Annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy


Location: Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Live Streamed


Featuring the Honorable Juan Manuel Santos, Former President of Colombia; 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Senior Policy Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs

This event is free but ticketed. More information on how to access tickets and the live broadcast will be posted soon. 

Juan Manuel Santos was the President of Colombia from 2010 to 2018. During his time in office, the historic Colombian Peace Agreement was signed on November 24, 2016, and is celebrated as a major turning point in ending the country’s 52-year armed conflict. The Agreement gives the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute primary responsibility for technical verification and monitoring of implementation of the accord through the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) Barometer Initiative.

Santos was the sole recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for ending the longest armed conflict with the oldest guerrilla in the Western Hemisphere, and was also awarded the Lamp of Asis by the Catholic Church and the Tipperary International Peace Award in Ireland for his efforts to bring peace to his country and the region.

For his aggressive environmental policies to protect his country’s biodiversity and fight climate change, he was awarded the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew International Medal and the Wildlife Conservation Society Theodore Roosevelt Award for Conservation Leadership. In addition, the National Geographic Society honored him for his unwavering commitment to conservation. 

Before serving as President, Santos served as Minister of Foreign Trade and was elected to the Colombian Congress as the Presidential Designate (similar to the role of Vice President in the U.S.). He also served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Defense. Prior to serving in government roles, Santos was a deputy publisher and journalist with the Colombian publication El Tiempo. He won the King of Spain Prize for Journalism for a series of articles looking at corruption within the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua. 

Santos is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Cartagena. He holds a Business and Economics degree from the University of Kansas and also conducted post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and as a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University. 

During fall 2022, Santos is a Senior Policy Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

About the Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy

The annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, established by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in 1995, honors the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, a global champion of peace and justice, and the founder of the Kroc Institute alongside Mrs. Joan B. Kroc. Each year a distinguished scholar, policymaker, and/or peace advocate is invited by the Kroc Institute director to deliver a major lecture on an issue related to ethics and public policy in the context of peace and justice.