Monthly Lecture Series

During the academic school year (typically September through April), the McConnell Center hosts a monthly public lecture series.

These events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come basis. No tickets required unless otherwise indicated.


  • Aug, 24, 2022 (Chao Auditorium): Dr. Peter Coleman on "The Way Out - How to Overcome Toxic Polarization"
  • Feb. 22, 2022 (Chao Auditorium): Tim Carney and Adam Enders on "Alienated and Polarized: A Conversation on a Divided America"
  • Aug. 24, 2022 (Chao Auditorium): Dr. Peter Coleman on “The Way Out—How to Overcome Toxic Polarization”
  • Sep. 17, 2022 (SAC Multipurpose Room): Dr. John Rose on “Political Polarization, the Classroom, and the Future of Civic Discourse”
  • Oct. 11, 2022 (Chao Auditorium): Dr. George Nash on “American Conservatism and the Challenges of Populism” 
  • Oct. 25, 2022 (Chao Auditorium): Matthew Continetti on “The Right—The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism”
  • Nov. 3, 2022 (Chao Auditorium): Jeana Dunlap on “History and Liberal Policy: Generational Wealth in Louisville and America”


  • Apr. 14, 2021 (virtual): Dr. Josh Chafetz on "Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers"
  • Mar. 16, 2021 (virtual): Dr. Jasmine Farrier on "Constitutional Dysfunction on Trial: Congressional Lawsuits and the Separation of Powers"
  • Mar. 15, 2021 (virtual): Distinguished Military Leader Series: CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass
  • Mar. 1, 2021 (virtual): Distinguished Military Leader Series: Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton
  • Feb. 15, 2021 (virtual): Dr. Nathan Coleman on "Federalism at the Founding: Reclaiming an Old-Fashioned Interpretation"
  • Jan. 27, 2021 (virtual): The Federal Budget: A Conversation with Rep. John Yarmuth 


  • Nov. 9, 2020 (virtual): Dr. Susan Ware on "Why They Marched: Commemorating the Centennial fo the 19th Amendment"
  • Oct. 27, 2020 (virtual): Lyman Stone on "America's Response to COVID" (co-sponsored with the American Enterprise Institute)
  • Oct. 19, 2020 (virtual): Dr. Lucas Morel on "Frederick Douglass, the Constitution and the Making of an American"
  • Sept. 17, 2020 (virtual): Constitution Day Debate: "Resolved: The Anti-Federalists Were Right: The Constitution Should Not Have Been Ratified" featuring Dr. Andrew Tate and Dr. Michael Federici
  • July 28, 2020 (virtual): Dr. GlyptusAnn Grider Jones and Dr. Gary Gregg on "Wendell's Berry's 'Hannah Coulter'"
  • June 30, 2020 (virtual): Dr. Amy Sturgis on "Fahrenheit 451"
  • May 28, 2020 (virtual): Dr. John Kleber on "Why We Need Thoreau's Walden in 2020"
  • April 16, 2020 (virtual): Patti Callahan Henry on "Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Story of Joy Davidman"
  • March 24, 2020 (virtual): Dr. Amy Sturgis on "Indigenous Futurism: Native American Women & the New Literature of Hope"
  • Feb. 28, 2020 (Chao Auditorium): Thomas Miller, JD, and Ed Weisbart, MD, on "The Future of Healthcare: Single Payer & Its Alternatives" (co-sponsored with the American Enterprise Institute); McConnell Center's annual Humana Health Foundation Policy Lecture
  • Jan. 28, 2020 (Chao Auditorium): Dr. Barbara Perry on "Pioneers of the Court: Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg"