Programs and Seminars

The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship hosts seminars and conferences as well as a series of lecturers from around the world who speak on the problems and prospects of leadership. The lectures are open to students, faculty and the community. As a result, students have access to some of the world's top scholars and diplomats.

Lecturers have included Václav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, John Bolton, a former ambassador to the U.N., Glyn Davies, a top diplomat in the State Department, political scientist Robert Faulkner, Sir David Cannadine, a renowned British historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood, among others.

As part of the great-books approach, the center also sponsors "great books" seminars. Past seminars have focused on ancient and modern statesmanship and celebrated the 20th anniversary of Harvey Mansfield Jr.'s influential book "Taming the Prince: The Ambivalence of Modern Executive Power," which examines the historic definitions and scope of executive power.

Contact the Directors

Gary L. McDowell
Professor of Leadership Studies
Tyler Haynes Interdisciplinary Professorship in Leadership Studies, Political Science and Law
Phone: (804) 287-6085

Terry L. Price
Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law & Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Phone: (804) 287-6088

Marshall Center Lecture Series