Published: Feb. 20, 2020

March 10 update: Due to international travel advisories in Australia related to COVID-19, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Distinguished Speakers Board have postponed his speaking engagement until fall 2020. We thank you for your interest in this event! Please stay tuned to this page for additional information regarding the future event date. Watch a video message from Turnbull.

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a passionate supporter for progressive environmental policy and national public education, will speak at the Glenn Miller Ballroom on Tuesday, March 17. Turnbull is being hosted by the Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Boulder student-led organization.

Former Australian Chancellor Malcolm Turnbull


If you go

Who: Open to the public
When: Postponed to fall 2020, date TBA
Where: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

Free general admission seating.

Questions? Submit via #TurnbullCU 

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the event beginning at 7 p.m. Free, general admission seating is available for students, faculty/staff and the general public. Tickets will not be distributed, and re-entry will be permitted. Audience members are encouraged to submit questions for Turnbull via #TurnbullCU on Twitter or Facebook, which will be posed during a moderated Q&A following the speech.

About Turnbull

Turnbull, the 29th prime minister of Australia, has over a decade of political experience on the national level, serving in various leadership capacities in parliament before serving as prime minister from 2015 to 2018. During his time as prime minister, parliament made an amendment allowing same-sex couples to marry, making Australia the 25th country to recognize same-sex marriage.

“With young Americans’ attention focused on the complex intricacies of contemporary U.S. politics, we at times forego concern of political policies on the world stage,” said Cameron Trauger, chair of the Distinguished Speakers Board.

“Yet, for a brief period, global attention shifted to Australia, as the country faced historically destructive wildfires—a sobering reminder of our changing climate and the leadership required to address it. Turnbull’s international perspective as a seasoned prime minister will challenge us to approach divisive issues from a broader perspective and will call on audience members to think critically about global issues beyond our upcoming U.S. election.”

Distinguished Speakers Board

The Distinguished Speakers Board is a student-run cost center of CU Student Government. The board strives to bring diverse speakers to campus that will intellectually challenge the student body, as well as spark meaningful dialogue surrounding relevant issues. Past speakers the board has hosted include Viola Davis, Scott Kelly, Anderson Cooper, Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Edward Snowden (via video conference) and many others.

CU Boulder and the Distinguished Speakers Board are committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend this event and will require accommodations, please contact dsbchair@colorado.edu no later than seven days prior to the event. They will make all reasonable efforts to fulfill requests submitted after the deadline but may not be able to do so depending on the nature of your request. Get further information on the accessibility of the Glenn Miller Ballroom.