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Paul G Haaga Lecture

Paul G. Haaga, Jr. Lecture in Law, Government, and Public Policy

The Haaga Lecture focuses on leadership and its impact and importance in government. Its speakers provide insight and experience for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students, in an effort to prepare them for leadership in their post-scholastic careers. 

The 2019-2020 Haaga Lecture

“Driving Change Through Red Tape: Policymaking in the World’s Biggest Bureaucracy”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
4:30 PM
Fitts Auditorium

Michele Flournoy

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009-2012)

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Past Haaga Lectures


Russian New Generation Warfare and the Threat to the Free World

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, United States Army, Ret.; former National Security Advisor; and Perry World House Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Lecture Program (PDF)


Russian Meddling In The 2016 Presidential Election: Implications for the Rule of Law

General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

Lecture Program (PDF)
Video Recording




Privacy and Sovereignty in a World of Borderless Data

Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Senior of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP

Lecture Program


The Importance of Presidential Leadership

Michael Beschloss, New York Times best-selling author and Presidential Historian for NBC News

Lecture Program

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About the Haaga Lecture

This lectureship has been made possible by the generosity of Paul G. Haaga, Jr. L’74, WG’74 and Heather Haaga. Paul is Acting President & CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), where he has served on the Board since 2011.  He is the retired Chairman of the Board of Capital Research and Management Company, former chairman of the Investment Company Institute, and former partner in the law firm of Dechert Price & Rhoads (now known as Dechert) in Washington. From 1974 to 1977, Paul served as a senior attorney for the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Paul’s philanthropic leadership includes serving as Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; Trustee of the Huntington Library, Museum and Gardens in San Marino, California; member of the Board of Overseers of the Law School (Chairman 2007-2013); a trustee of Georgetown Preparatory School; a member of the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute; a member of the Board of Overseers of Hoover Institution at Stanford University; and a member of the Policy Circle at Pardee-Rand Graduate School.  Paul and Heather were among the founding group members that started the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a J.D. from the Law School.

Heather received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College.  She is a practicing artist with a focus on plein air painting—primarily landscapes and still lifes, and has had successful shows in Los Angeles and on the East Coast.  Heather is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Heather and Paul Haaga, Jr. L'74, WG'74 Heather and Paul Haaga, Jr. L'74, WG'74