The David Rockefeller Lecture Series

About the Lectureship Series

The David Rockefeller Lectureship is awarded to a distinguished African from either the governmental or nongovernmental sectors. The series recognizes Rockefeller’s interest in African affairs, and honors his service to the Council on Foreign Relations.

The series was established in 1985 when Rockefeller retired as chairman of CFR’s Board of Directors. Rockefeller was chairman from 1970 and served as a director from 1945 to 1985. To honor his unique and global role, a group of CFR members and other friends, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation, created a dedicated endowment that makes this lectureship possible.

Events

International Law

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), discusses her vision for the ICC, her current caseload, and the court's role on the international stage.

Liberia

Fondly called the “Iron Lady” by her supporters, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has, throughout her 30-year career as a stateswoman, political prisoner, and Liberian national demonstrated her iron will and determination, which has culminated in her historic election to the presidency in December.In recognition of her election as the first female African head of state, this event has been designated the Council's 2005-06 David Rockefeller Lecture. Established to honor Mr. Rockefeller when he retired as Chairman of the Council's Board, the Rockefeller Lectureship is awarded annually to a distinguished African from either the governmental or non-governmental sector.6:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner6:30-7:30 p.m. Meeting