Public Lecture Series

Fully engaging in a study of American political thought and history requires remaining current with new perspectives and findings in these fields. Each year, the Kinder Institute brings distinguished scholars from around the nation to MU to share their innovative research into the philosophical foundations, historical development, and contemporary practice of constitutional democracy in the United States with members of the campus and local communities. Past events have included our biennial Kinder Distinguished Lecture with Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough, a Fall 2016 lecture series co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Spring 2017 lecture on 2nd Amendment history with Fordham University Chair in American History Saul Cornell.

Full Schedule

  • “Public Schools and American Democracy”: Lecture with Western Washington’s Johann Neem

    Why do we have public schools? What do we want from them? At a time … Continued

  • Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: Public Lecture with Alexander Heffner

    As part of the Kinder Institute’s Spring 2018 Public Lecture Series, Alexander Heffner, host of … Continued

  • Cambridge History of America and the World: May 2018 Conference

    On May 17-19, 2018, the Kinder Institute will host over 30 scholars of American political … Continued