McDowell Institute Lecture Series

The McDowell Institute Lecture Series hosts speakers who examine and discuss the problems and prospects of leadership, constitutionalism, political economy, politics, and ethical reasoning.

2022–23 Events

Roosevelt Montas

March 16 • 5 p.m.  
Roosevelt Montás
Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English, Columbia University,
author of Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation

Alison McQueen

September 30 • 4 p.m. • Ukrop Auditorium
Realism, Ethics, and Catastrophe  
Alison McQueen 
Associate Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, of History,  Stanford University
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2023–24 Events

Jason Riley

September 28, 2023 • 5 p.m.
Why Thomas Sowell Matters
Jason L. Riley
Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Angel Parham

November 9, 2023 • 5 p.m.
Don't Cancel the Classics, Broaden and Diversify Them
Angel Parham
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia

Zena Hitz

March 21, 2024  
Zena Hitz 
Tutor at St. John’s College and the author of Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life