Former White House Chief Of Staff Gen. John Kelly To Speak March 6

Tickets required for free, public event at Page Auditorium

Gen. John Kelly, former White House chief of staff to President Trump, will speak at Duke University’s Page Auditorium on Wednesday, March 6.

The 5:30 p.m. event will focus on leading America in a time of global turbulence. The Duke Program in American Grand Strategy’s spring 2019 Dave and Kay Phillips Family International Lecture is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required and are available beginning Thursday, Feb. 14, either in person at the Duke Box Office or online at

Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck for an hourly rate.

Kelly, a retired Marine four-star general, served as Trump’s first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security before the president tapped him to be chief of staff in July 2017. Kelly stepped down as chief of staff on Jan. 2 of this year.

Peter Feaver, director of American Grand Strategy and professor of political science and public policy at Duke, will interview Kelly.
“John Kelly served in one of the most important and consequential jobs in the U.S. government, White House chief of staff -- and, to boot, he served during one of the most interesting of times: the first two years of the Trump administration,” Feaver said. “This job capped several decades of distinguished service in uniform, including in both Iraq wars.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear a candid first-hand account from the man who worked at the center of the government, to hear his answers to the questions that everyone has been talking about since the earliest days of the administration, and to learn how his military service prepared him for this post.”