Distinguished Lecture Series
From Lone Star to Leading Star: Exploring the History of Texas
This lecture featured best-selling author Stephen Harrigan, author of a recent book entitled Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas. This lecture was held in the J. Conrad Dunagan Library at UT Permian Basin.
Due to camera problems, no photos are available.
The Wartime Leadership of Winston Churchill
This lecture featured historian and author Andrew Roberts, author of the recent biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny, described by the Wall Street Journal as “unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill.” In recognition of Churchill’s love of Shakespeare, this lecture was held at Odessa’s Globe Theater.
Shale and Texas Energy: Past and Future
This lecture featured scholar Amy Myers Jaffe, public official Christi Craddick (Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission), and investor and author Gary Sernovitz; the lecture was moderated by Jacki Pick, host of the Dallas based radio program the Jacki Daily Show.
An Evening with Jackie Joyner-Kersee
This lecture featured athlete, author, and educator Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
An Evening with Eric Metaxas
This lecture featured author and radio host Eric Metaxas. Metaxas spoke on the interrelationship of faith, virtue, and freedom in history, including in the lives of Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and in the creation of the United States. This lecture also served as the opening event for a new joint lecture series intended to promote unity between Midland and Odessa, entitled “Start the Conversation.”
Accelerating U.S. Economic Growth: How the Permian Basin Can Help
This lecture featured economists Steve Moore & Dr. Ray Perryman discussing the impact of the oil and gas industry on the economy. Moore primarily spoke about the national economy, while Perryman spoke about the local economy.
Humor in Leadership: An Evening with Terry Crews
This lecture featured Terry Crews, the action-movie hero, sitcom star, syndicated game show host, Old Spice pitchman, former NFL player, and best-selling author. Crews spoke to a crowd of over 1,400 about how humor has helped guide him and shape him into the leader he is today. Speaking to many young audience members, Crews spoke about the importance of creativity and hard work.
Election 2016: Mandate for Our Next President
This lecture featured Alan Colmes, radio host, and Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of Justice with Judge Jeanine. During this lecture, our guests primarily discussed what the next president should and needs to accomplish in his first 100 days. Topics ranged from education to immigration and national security.
Election 2016: Are You Voting for a Party, Person, or Principle?
The lecture featured four panelists: Juan Williams (Fox News Contributor and Host of The Five, The Honorable Allen West (former U.S. Congressman and Executive Director of the National Center for Policy and Analysis), The Honorable Gilberto Hinojosa (Chairman, Texas Democratic Party), and Tom Mechler (Chairman, Texas Republican Party).
Black History – a Cornerstone of Americanism
This lecture featured Ben Vereen, the consummate actor, singer, and all around entertainer of our times. Vereen discussed his thoughts on the many proud contributions of African-Americans, current social movements and what we all can do to ensure maximum inclusion of every American.
The Power of Early Literacy: Foundations of Learning
This lecture featured Former First Lady Laura Bush – One of America’s most popular First Ladies, Mrs. Laura W. Bush discussed her life and shared a compelling voice for helping those in need. She spoke passionately about education, literacy, volunteerism, human rights and the issues of global importance she championed in the White House.
Our Hispanic Heritage: A Story of Achievement and Americanism
This lecture featured Geraldo Rivera – attorney, reporter, author & talk show host & Jackie Cruz – a Dominican–American actress, musician and former model, known for her role as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black. Geraldo and Jackie both delivered phenomenal lectures examining and celebrating the progress and achievements of Hispanic Americans in both Texas and the nation.
The Power of a Leader’s Promise
The lecture featured Alex Sheen, founder of the non-profit organization “because I said I would,” who spoke about the power of promises to bind people together and motivate leaders to great accomplishments and to ethical behavior. By special arrangement with Ector County ISD, Alex also spoke to students at Ector Junior High and Bonham Middle School.
Educating Texas: Complex Challenges – New Perspectives
The lecture featured former 2014 Texas Gubernatorial Democrat Nominee & Author Wendy Davis. The goal of the lecture was to examine the state of affairs in Texas public education systems today, particularly with regard to funding. We discussed positive movements in the charter school arena, and what we can do to marry traditional and charter public school interests so that they sustain and support each other’s efforts.
Groundbreakers, Mavericks, and Trailblazers: How Women are showing 21st Century Leadership
The lecture featured former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and host of the new television show “Amazing America” on The Sportsman Channel. The goal of the lecture was to examine and illuminate how women continue to exercise great leadership in action in our times. We discussed the general characteristics and demands of 21st century leadership, then talked about how women are meeting those challenges.
Confronting the Growing Affliction of Human Trafficking
Speakers: John Walsh, Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, retired Fort Worth Detective Manny Reyes, FBI Special Agent Kristin Rehlin, and Traffick911 CEO Deena Graves. Moderated by Pat Canty & Dr. Robert Brescia.
Blurred Lines: The National Economy – Whose Money Is It?
Speakers: Ben Stein, Ray Perryman, Richard Bowen. Moderated by Pat Canty & Dr. Robert Brescia.
All’s Fair: Love, War and Politics
Speakers: James Carville, “Ragin Cajun” and Political Consultant, and Mary Matlin, author, television and radio host, widely sought after political contributor. Moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune.
The Women Behind the Words: Shaping a Leader’s Voice
Speakers: Peggy Noonan, Speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and Aide to President George H. W. Bush, Dee Dee Myers, Press Secretary to President William Jefferson Clinton; 1st female Press Secretary in US History
Newt Gingrich – Lessons in Leadership
Speaker: Newt Ginrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
From Nixon to Bush: What President Obama Can Learn From Presidents Past
Speakers: Carl Bernstein, Journalist and Author, Bob Woodward, Journalist and Author
An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell
Speaker: Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times’ Best-Selling Author
Bob Beckel, USA Today Columnist, Author and Political Pundit, Cal Thomas, USA Today Columnist, Author and Political Pundit
A Discussion of National Politics
Speakers: Harold Ford, Jr. – Chairman of the National Democratic Leadership Council, Michael Steele, Chairman of GOPAC.
An Evening with Mikhail Gorbachev
Speaker: Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President of the Soviet Union
Terrorism and the Security of America’s Border
Speakers: David Aguilar, Chief of US Border Patrol, Daniel Benjamin, author – “The Next Attack”, Susan Burk, Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security, Rick Flores, Sherriff of Webb County, Texas, Michael Perry, Vice‒President of General Atomics Corporation, Belen Robles, Former Chief Inspector of US Customs Office, El Paso, Texas, Moderated by Randi Kaye, CNN
Whatcha Gonna Do When the Wells Run Dry
Speakers: Dr. Kenneth Deffeyes, author and expert on world energy supplies, Dr. Amos Nur, Professor of Geophysics at Stanford, Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., Senior Advisor with the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C., The Honorable R. James Woolsey, Former Director of the CIA, Moderated by Melissa Frances, CNBC
Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Speakers: Susan Eisenhower, Robert McNamara, Daniel B. Poneman, and Dr. Mitchell B. Reiss; moderated by Thomas Graham Jr.
The Media & The Presidency 2004
Speakers: Helen Thomas, Jeffrey Birnbaum, Edward H. Crane, Michael Waldman, Moderated by Bernard Kalb
The U.S. In The World Today: Nation Builder? World Police? Coalition Maker?
Speakers: William Kristol, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Robin Wright, Dr. Schlomo Ben-Ami, Moderated by Eleanor Clift
Challenges To American Foreign Policy In The 21st Century: Religion, Culture & Terrorism
Speakers: Peter Bergen, Robert Baer, Douglas Johnston, Ph.D, Ambassador Edward Walker Jr., Moderated by James J. Zogby
The Future Of American Politics: The Election of 2004
Speakers: Mona Charen, Arianne Huffington, Morton Kondracke, Ralph Nader, Moderated by Jonathan Alter
Is There An Impending World Oil Shortage? Its Meaning For America
Speakers: Henry Groppe, Michael J. Economides, Ph.D, Guy F. Caruso, Kenneth Deffeyes, Ph.D, Moderated by Leslie Haines
American Economy Of The 21st Century: New Challenges, New Possibilities, New Futures?
Speakers: Jean Sherman Chatzky, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Anthony B. Perkins, Gene B. Sperling, Moderated by Robert Krulwich
The American Family: A Fragile Future?
Speakers: Gary Bauer, Stephanie Coontz, Dr. David Elkind, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Moderated by Anne Taylor Fleming
The Next Greatest Generation: How Women Can Give Shape & Expression To The New Millennium
Speakers: June Jordan, Ambassador Madeleine Kunin, Gail Sheehy, Betty Williams, Moderated by Morton Dean
Foreign Policy & The Threat Of Domestic Terrorism: Can Americans Feel Secure?
Speakers: Dr. Robert Gates, Dr. Richard Haass, Scott Ritter, Terry Waite, Moderated by Mary Alice Williams
Politics 2000: Virtue & Leadership? Idealism Versus Cynicism? New Hope For A New Millennium?
Speakers: William F. Buckley Jr, Elizabeth Drew, P.J. O’Rourke, Mark Shields, Moderated by Ray Suarez
Can We Come Together: Race & Reconciliation In The 21st Century
Speakers: Elaine Chao, Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., Charles J. Ogletree, Richard Rodriguez, Moderated by Ken Bode
The American Character: Its Meaning For Civic Culture
Speakers: Dr. Harvey Cox, David Gergen, Senator George Mitchell, Carl T. Rowan, Moderated by Diane Rehm
Media Ethics: Its Impact On Public Leadership & Culture
Speakers: Carl Bernstein, David Broder, Barrie Dunsmore, High Sidey, Moderated by Bettina Gregory
Positioning America For The 21st Century
Speakers: Carl Bernstein, David Halberstam, Haynes Johnson, James Reston Jr., General John J. Sheehan, Moderated by Margaret Warner
Challenges To The American Character In The 21st Century
Speakers: Clarence Page, Dr. Thomas Murray, Lawrence Eagleburger, Tanya Luhrmann, General John J. Sheehan, Moderated by Al Hunt
From Diversity To Unity: The Search For A National Conscience
Speakers: Arthur Schlesinger, Georgie Anne Geyer, William Raspberry, Richard Rodriquez, Richard Estrada
Presidential Leadership & The 21st Century
Speakers: Clarence Page, John Mashek, Gerald Seib, Rena Pederson, Paul Taylor, Moderated by George Christian