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-winners David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Fall 2016 lecture series co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Spring 2018 lectures on “Public Schools and American Democracy” and “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age.”

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  • “Constitutional Principles and America’s Original Sin”: Constitution Day Lecture with Texas’ Gary Jacobsohn

    For the inaugural James E. Fleming & Linda C. McClain Constitution Day Lecture, University of … Continued

  • Brexit: A Conversation with Profs. Jay Sexton and Lawrence Goldman

    Roughly two years after the vote heard round the world, Kinder Institute Endowed Chair Jay … Continued

  • The Contributions of John Dickinson: Constitution Week Talk with Prof. Jane Calvert

    As the other bookend to Constitution Week festivities at the Kinder Institute, University of Kentucky … Continued

  • “The Promise and Perils of Populism”: A conversation with Henry Olsen and Michael Kazin

    In partnership with the American Enterprise Institute, the Kinder Institute will co-sponsor an October 25 … Continued

  • “A Nation Forged by Crisis”: Prof. Jay Sexton at the Truman Library

    For those in the Kansas City area, join Kinder Institute Endowed Chair in Constitutional Democracy … Continued

  • “The Politics of Abstraction vs. A New Localism”: Lecture with AEI’s Ryan Streeter

    For the final public lecture of the Fall 2018 semester, Ryan Streeter, the American Enterprise … Continued