Archives for ASI 2010s

Ron Clark

Jan. 30, 2018 | The American Studies Institute at Harding University hosted nationally acclaimed author and world-renowned educator Ron Clark for the third presentation of its 2017-18 Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. Clark’s presentation was titled “Motivating Members of Your Team.” Known to many as “America’s Educator,” Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times
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Eva Kor

Nov. 7, 2017 | The University’s American Studies Institute hosted Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor for the second presentation of its Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium. Kor’s presentation was titled “From Auschwitz to Forgiveness.” Kor is one of the survivors of the medical experiments on twins supervised by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Her account of surviving the
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Alberto Gonzalez

Sept. 7, 2017 | Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto M. Gonzales shared with an audience of University students, faculty, staff and guests stories about his life and time working at the White House. This presentation, titled “The Price and Privilege of Government Service,” kicked off the American Studies Institute 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series. Gonzales served under President George W. Bush in Washington D.C. as well
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Ruby Bridges

Feb. 2, 2017 | The American Studies Institute concluded its Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium with a presentation by author and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges titled “Through My Eyes.” Bridges was one of the first black children to integrate the New Orleans public school system in 1960. She is the inspiration behind Norman Rockwell’s painting, “The Problem We All Live
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Eric Metaxas

Jan. 12, 2017 | Harding University’s American Studies Institute hosted New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas for the third presentation of its distinguished lecture at 7:30 p.m. Metaxas’ presentation, titled “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery,” covered his recent book, “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.” In addition to Amazing Grace, Metaxas is the
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Michael Duffy

Oct. 3, 2016| The Harding University community gained a fascinating insight into the presidents club from Michael Duffy, deputy managing editor of Time magazine, in Benson Auditorium as part of the American Studies Institute distinguished lecture series. His presentation was titled, “The Presidents Club: The Inside World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity.” Duffy introduced segments from his book The Presidents Club in which he investigated the relationships
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Brett Biggs

Sept. 8, 2016 | The University’s American Studies Institute will begin its distinguished lecture series with Brett Biggs. His presentation on capitalism and the free market is in conjunction with the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, which will be dedicating the Waldron Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business Friday, Sept. 8, 2016. Biggs, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Wal-Mart, is
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David Barton

April 7, 2016 | The American Studies Institute concluded its distinguished lecture series with David Barton. His presentation was titled, “Presentation Title: “A Practical Faith, and a Surprisingly Practical Bible.” Barton heads WallBuilders, an organization aimed at educating people about the moral foundations of our country, promoting legislation reflecting the nation’s constitutional heritage, and encouraging Christian involvement in the civic arena.A best-selling author and expert
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Fred Gray, Howard Wright, & Elijah Anthony

Feb. 9, 2016 | Harding University hosted a panel discussion titled “Exploring Race Relations: An Honest Conversation” as a part of its 2015-16 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series. The presentation was in Benson Auditorium on the Harding University campus at 7:30 p.m.  The panel featured Fred Gray, former attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks; Anastasia Pittman, Oklahoma state senator; Howard
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Wes Moore

Nov. 3, 2015 | Harding University’s American Studies Institute continued its Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. with author Wes Moore. His presentation titled “Potential of Education for Transformational Impact” was in Benson Auditorium and was free and open to the public. A decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEdU, Moore shared moving stories about his friends and family making a difference
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