Members of the 2018 SBS cohort with UofL President Neeli Bendapudi and McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg.

Strategic Broadening Seminar for the U.S. Army

Since 2014, the McConnell Center has hosted the Strategic Broadening Seminar for the U.S. Army. The unique month-long residential leadership program is designed for mid-career soldiers to take part in discussions, lectures and active-learning sessions with experts, local leaders and McConnell Scholars at the University of Louisville. Programming focuses on the history and philosophical concepts essential to approach leadership and ways of war while facing the challenges of the 21st century. Participants also study American national government, the U.S. Constitution, and the national security process, with an immersion experience in Washington, D.C.. The Washington, D.C., component includes meetings with high-level decision makers and staffers in the Pentagon, the executive branch and on Capitol Hill, as well as engagements with experts at think tanks and within academia. The goal of this broadening seminar is to provide graduate-level immersion related to the American political order.

U.S. Army War College Resident Fellow

Since 2014, the McConnell Center has hosted a U.S. Army War College Fellow in residence. This fellow spends a year pursuing graduate-level studies and leadership development at the University of Louisville and serves as a resource for McConnell Scholars.

Meditations, an Online Journal for Continuing Education

In 2018, the McConnell Center launched Meditations, a journal and resource designed for past participants in the McConnell Center's military education programs to continue their education online. The monthly publication includes a podcast led by McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg, soldier-student research, book and video recommendations and other resources.

Additional Enrichment Opportunities

The McConnell Center also promotes additional leadership development with military partnerships, such as the US Army War College's Eisenhower Series Program and undergraduate student participation at the US Military Academy at West Point's Student Conference on US Affairs and the US Naval Academy's Leadership Conference.