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Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture Series

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies established the Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in 2014 in honor of the Institute’s founding director, a leading intellectual in the promotion of democracy and human development.  The annual lecture is designed to carry forward the enduring legacy of O’Donnell’s scholarship.

LagosSpeakers for the series will be chosen from among distinguished scholars, public intellectuals, and policy makers who have made major contributions to understanding or promoting democracy and human development around the world. With the annual lecture, the Kellogg Institute aims to focus attention on work furthering its core themes, the twin aspirations of political participation and human welfare.


Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Please send a one-page letter explaining the nominee’s contributions to the promotion of democracy and human development and, if possible, a CV.

Guillermo O'DonnellSend nominations by mail or email.

By mail:

Guillermo O’Donnell Memorial Lecture Committee
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677 USA

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About Guillermo O’Donnell

One of Latin America’s most prominent political scientists until his death in 2011, Guillermo O’Donnell was known for his visionary work on the nature of the region’s authoritarian regimes, the dynamics of transitions from authoritarian rule, and on the imperative to improve the quality of new democracies. The legacy of his work endures, not only in his many influential writings, but also in the work of colleagues and students across the globe.




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