American Studies Institute



This is a photo of Liz Murray.
Liz Murray,
October 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium
Liz Murray’s life is a story of triumph over adversity. By the age of 15, Murray was living on the streets, riding the subway all night, and eating from dumpsters. Amidst the pain, Murray believed her life could be greater.
With the support of an upstairs neighbor and trusted family friend, Murray finished high school in just two years and received a full scholarship to Harvard University. After graduating in 2009, she went on to earn her master’s degree in the psychology of education at Columbia University.

Today, Murray advocates for underserved youth. As co-founder and executive director of The Arthur Project, a mentoring program that works closely with at-risk youth through the duration of middle school, Murray strives to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.

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This is a headshot of Alex Kendrick.

Alex Kendrick,

December 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium
Alex Kendrick is a Christian writer and speaker. He produces Christian films with his brothers Stephen and Shannon. Kendrick directed the movies "Overcomer," "War Room," "Courageous," "Fireproof," "Facing the Giants," and "Flywheel." He co-wrote the NY Times bestselling books: "The Love Dare," "The Resolution for Men," and "The Battle Plan for Prayer" and have recently released "Defined: Who God Says You Are." He has been interviewed by FOX and Friends, CNN, and ABC World News Tonight, and serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film Foundation.

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