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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stephen Covey
Stephen M. R. Covey
February 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Stephen M. R. Covey will present his lecture “The Speed of Trust” Thursday, Feb. 20. A graduate of Harvard’s MBA program, Covey co-founded and currently leads FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice. He serves on numerous boards, including the Government Leadership Advisory Council, and has been recognized with the lifetime achievement award for the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust” from the advocacy group Trust Across America/Trust Around the World.

A New York Times and No.1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Covey has taught trust and leadership in 52 countries to business, government, education, healthcare, military and NGO organizations. Covey is the son of Stephen R. Covey, the author of this year’s Harding Read, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” 

This event is free and open to the public. The ASI presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium on Harding’s campus. Open seating — no ticket necessary.


This is a photo of Jerry Mitchell. Jerry Mitchell
March 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with the Honors College, ASI is hosting alumnus Jerry Mitchell on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. He will be making a stop on his book tour to give a lecture that shares the title of his book, "Race Against Time."

The stories of investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell have helped put four Klansmen and a serial killer behind bars. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations, state reforms, and the firings of boards and officials. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a longtime member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and a winner of more than 30 other national awards, including a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant. His memoir for Simon and Schuster, Race Against Time, tells the story of his pursuit of unsolved murder cases from the Civil Rights Era, leading to convictions in some of the nation’s most notorious murders. After working for three decades for the statewide Clarion-Ledger, he left in 2019 and founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that exposes corruption, malfeasance and injustices, investigates cold cases, empowers citizens and raises up the next generation of investigative reporters.

This event is free and open to the public. The ASI presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium on Harding’s campus. Open seating — no ticket necessary.


Benjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson
April 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Auditorium

Benjamin Watson will present his lecture “Under Our Skin” Tuesday, April 21. An NFL veteran, Watson has been a key playmaker for the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. He has been recognized as one of CNN’s Extraordinary People, a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist and has received the Bart Starr Award. In addition to his commitment on the field, Benjamin and his wife Kirsten established “One More,” a nonprofit dedicated to impacting the lives of those in need by providing enrichment opportunities and promoting education through charitable initiatives and partnerships.

This event is free and open to the public. The ASI presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium on Harding’s campus. Open seating — no ticket necessary.