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Rathbun Visiting Fellow Program

The Stanford Office for Religious Life invites Rathbun fellows to come to campus to engage students and members of the Stanford community in conversations about their personal ethics, beliefs and motivations. During the visit, the fellow delivers his/her take on "Harry's Last Lecture."

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the inaugural Rathbun Visiting Fellow in April 2008. While an undergraduate student at Stanford, Justice O’Connor took Professor Rathbun’s class and oftentimes attended gatherings at the Rathbuns’ Palo Alto home, where students came to discuss ethics, psychology, and religion. In countless interviews and also in her book, Lazy B, she has credited Professor Rathbun for showing her that the law could be an instrument of positive social change so much so that she ultimately applied to Stanford Law School, was accepted, and thus shaped the course of her life. Since 2008, Rathbun Visiting Fellows have included The Honorable George P. Shultz, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Marian Wright Edelman and Garry Trudeau.

Rathbun Visiting Fellows

Sandra Day O'Connor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired), April 2008

George Shultz

The Honorable George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State, Treasury, and Labor, May 2009

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, October 2010

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of The Children’s Defense Fund, November 2011

 Ali Goldstein

Garry B. Trudeau, Doonesbury creator, April 2014


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