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American Studies Institute

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    Former First Lady of the U.S. Laura Bush

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    Eva Kor, Holocaust survivor

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    Ruby Bridges

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Our ASI Distinguished Lecture Series will look different this year due to COVID-19 and efforts to keep our campus safe. Details regarding the presentation delivery method and any opportunities for live audience attendance will be announced prior to each event date. All streaming information will be available here prior to events. Learn more about upcoming events.

The Purpose of the Program

Constitutional Government, Capitalism and Christian-Judeo Ethics

The late president emeritus of Harding University, Dr. George Benson, articulated the "three C's." From these three C's one can see a multitude of values flowing, such as respect for authority, respect for human life, work ethic and discipline.

Harding University's American Studies Institute (ASI) can be successful through the support of people who share in these same values in order that we may return this nation to the greatness it once held, and ensuring its place in the world as the pre-eminent leader of liberty.

About ASI

President's Welcome

Harding University is pleased to present its quality program in American citizenship education. The University's American Studies Institute stands as a tribute to the heritage that has made America the great nation that it is.

A 77-year history of educational excellence at Harding has provided the atmosphere for free enterprise education in a nation that was founded upon Christian principles of faith, liberty and human dignity. Harding University strives to enhance the appreciation of that heritage through the American Studies Institute's focus on basic principles of free enterprise.

The American Studies Institute encompasses thousands of individuals and corporations who participate in the program each year.

"....one of the most prestigious lecture series in the south." —WSJ Senior Editorial Board Member Stephen Moore, speaking to Arkansas Business

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