American Studies Institute



This is a photo of Michael Cox.
Michael Cox,
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 7:30 P.M., Benson Auditorium
Michael Cox is the founding director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and former Federal Reserve chief economist, will lead off the series Tuesday, Sept. 25 addressing the present and future of the global economy, all based on historical financial data and diligent

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This is a photo of Devin Brown.
Devin Brown (with Douglas Gresham)
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 7:30 P.M., Benson Auditorium
The second presentation is part of the Harding campus read of “Mere Christianity.” It will be held Monday, Nov. 5 and will feature noted C.S. Lewis scholar Devin Brown and a discussion with Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis who was featured in the C.S. Lewis biographical film “Shadowlands.” Brown, a Lilly Scholar and professor of English at Asbury University, has extensive knowledge and experience with the works of Lewis. In addition to his 40 years of teaching and researching, Brown has published 11 books and more than 50 articles, essays, scripts, poetry and more on the writings of Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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This is a photo of Christine Darden.Christine Darden
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, 7:30 P.M., Benson Auditorium
Christine Darden, former NASA mathematician featured in the book “Hidden Figures” that was also a movie, will continue the series Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Darden has been recognized with dozens of awards and honors, including two NASA medals and a Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. This lecture also serves as our annual ASI Educator Appreciation Night. 

Harding University is committed to educating and preparing teachers for our nation and our world, and we are grateful for teachers' contributions to and partnership in educating students in Arkansas. Educators from around the state are invited to attend the presentation as our special guest and attend a special teacher appreciation event. Educators will receive:

  • Priority seating at the event
  • A special badge identifying you as an educator
  • Recognition during the event
Open seating — no ticket necessary.

This is a photo of Tony Dungy.Tony Dungy
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30 P.M., Benson Auditorium

The lecture series will conclude Thursday, March 28, 2019, with Tony Dungy, former head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and current football analyst for NBC Sports. Dungy is a New York Times bestselling author, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and founder of the Dungy Family Foundation.
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About the Lecture Series

A unique approach to citizenship education in contemporary national and international affairs, the Lecture Series offers insight into current trends in political and economic development affecting the American way of life.

Speakers in the Lecture Series have included President George H.W. Bush, President Gerald Ford, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, Barbara Bush, Dick Cheney, Linda Chavez, Henry Kissinger, Bobby Bowden, Gene Stallings, William Bennett, William F. Buckley Jr., Benazir Bhutto, Ben Stein, Laura Ingraham, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush, Archie Manning, Dr. Kent Brantly, and Ruby Bridges.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact the American Studies Office by calling 501-279-4497. Please make your request at least one week prior to the scheduled presentation.