Center launches 'Debating America' fall lecture series

(Aug. 1, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville's McConnell Center will offer a series of public talks this fall. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
Center launches 'Debating America' fall lecture series

The University of Louisville’s McConnell Center will offer four, free public talks this fall in a series called “Debating America.”

Each talk begins at 6 p.m. in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium. Topics, speakers and dates are:

"Our goal is to offer people a fresh look at often overlooked debates throughout American history," said Gary Gregg, McConnell Center director.

The McConnell Center will also host a series of conferences and panel discussions, including:

  • "Three Founders Who Helped Make America: Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison" a McConnell Center civic education conference featuring Nathan Coleman, associate professor of higher education and history at the University of the Cumberlands, Michael Federici, political science professor and chair at Mercyhurst University, and Michael Schwarz, assistant director of the Ashland Scholar Program and assistant history professor at Ashland University, Sept. 13. Open to Kentucky educators and participants in the McConnell Center's Teacher Scholars Program.
  • "WWI: Dangerous Miscalculations, Massive Consequences," a McConnell Center and Wilson Center panel discussion commemorating the anniversary of the start of WWI, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to the public.

The non-partisan McConnell Center, created at UofL in 1991, prepares Kentucky's top college undergraduate students to become future leaders and offers civic education programs for teachers, students and the public.