Harding University
August 15, 2011

2011-12 Distinguished Lecture Series to include former secretary of state

The 2011-12 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series
will kick off at Harding University in October with New York Fire
Department Chief Richard Picciotto and will wrap up in April with
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Richard PicciottoRichard Picciotto
October 6, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Chief Richard “Pitch” Picciotto is the highest-ranking firefighter to
survive the World Trade Center collapse that occurred as a result of
terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the last fireman to escape
the devastation and was in a stairwell of the North Tower when it
collapsed. He was buried for more than four hours. Mr. Picciotto is
the author of Last Man Down, a New York Times bestseller, and a
28-year veteran of the New York Fire Department. Open seating — no
ticket necessary.

Paul SperryPaul Sperry
November 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Paul Sperry is a veteran newsman and the former Washington bureau
chief for Investor’s Business Daily and senior editorialist and
columnist for the national newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning
editorial pages. He is the bestselling author of four books, including
Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated
Washington, which is being used by top law enforcement agencies across
the country as well as the U.S. Department of Defense and the CIA. His
work has been featured in numerous print publications, and he has
appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News and others. Open
seating — no ticket necessary.

Victor HansonVictor Hanson
February 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Nationally syndicated columnist Dr. Victor Hanson writes a weekly
column for National Review Online and serves on the editorial board of
Military History Quarterly and City Journal. He is the author of
hundreds of articles, book reviews, scholarly papers and newspaper
editorials on subjects including ancient Greek, agrarian and military
history, foreign affairs, domestic politics, and contemporary culture.
Mr. Hanson has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,
Los Angeles Times and others, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN,
National Public Radio and C-Span’s “Book TV” and “In-Depth.” Open
seating — no ticket necessary.

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
April 19, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Dr. Condoleezza Rice is professor of political economy in the Graduate
School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on
Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of political
science at Stanford University, where she served as provost from 1993
to 1999. She became the 66th secretary of state of the United States
in January 2005 after serving as the president’s national security
advisor for four years. She is the author of Extraordinary, Ordinary
People: A Memoir of Family, which shares how her upbringing in
segregated Birmingham, Ala. — along with her strong, caring family and
parents — helped to shape the course of her life. Rice has served on
boards of directors for a variety of entities including the Chevron,
Charles Schwab and Transamerica corporations, and the Boys and Girls
Club of America. Tickets will be available online beginning March 12,

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation.
For more information, contact the American Studies Institute Office at