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.

2023–24 Events

Zena Hitz

March 21, 2024 • 5 p.m. • Ukrop Auditorium
Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life 
Zena Hitz 
Tutor at St. John’s College and the author of Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life

Jason Riley

Sept. 28, 2023 • 5 p.m. • Queally Center for Admission and Career Services
Why Thomas Sowell Matters
Jason L. Riley
Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and columnist for The Wall Street Journal

Angel Parham

Nov. 9, 2023 • 5 p.m. • Ukrop Auditorium
Don't Cancel the Classics, Broaden and Diversify Them
Angel Adams Parham
Associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia
Watch the video. Listen to the audio.

2024–25 Events

Danielle Allen

Sept. 12, 2024 • 5 p.m.
Justice by Means of Democracy
Danielle Allen 
James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation at Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Barton Swaim

Nov. 13, 2024 • 5 p.m.
The Lost Art of Muddling Through
Barton Swaim
Editorial Page Writer at The Wall Street Journal