American Studies Institute

Upcoming Events

ASI Distinguished Lecture Series 2017-18

This is a photo of Alberto Gonzalez.Alberto Gonzales
Sept. 7, 2017, 7:30 P.M., Benson Auditorium

Alberto R. Gonzales served as the 80th Attorney General of the United States from 2005-2007.  Before entering public service, Gonzales practiced business law for 13 years at the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins.  In 1995, he resigned his law partnership to serve as General Counsel to the Governor of Texas.  After three years, the Governor appointed Gonzales as Texas Secretary of State.  He was appointed as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court in 1999 and elected by the citizens of Texas to serve a full six-year term in the November 2000 general election.  He served in the White House as Counsel to the President from 2001-2005.

Gonzales is an Air Force veteran, and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School.  Presently he is the Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law, where he teaches courses on the U.S. Constitution, First Amendment and National Security. 

Gonzales is the author of True Faith and Allegiance and A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform.

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This is a photo of Eva Kor.Eva Kor
Nov. 7, 2017, 7:30 P.M., Benson Auditorium

Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust, forgiveness advocate, and public speaker. Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva has emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit's power to overcome. She is a community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator.Eva Mozes was born in 1934 in the tiny village of Portz, Romania. Through the first four years of Eva's education, she and Miriam attended a one-room schoolhouse. Eva's father, Alexander and mother, Jaffa had four girls: Edit, Aliz, and the twins Eva and Miriam. Though the Mozes family enjoyed a comfortable if rustic living as landowners and farmers, the family lived under the spectre of the Nazi takeover of Germany and the everyday experience of prejudice against the Jews.
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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.