The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville continues its 25th anniversary celebration with a series of free events exploring citizenship and statesmanship in America. Registration is not required. Here are the upcoming events:
• Sept. 16, 6-7 p.m., Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium, “MVP of the American Founding: Alexander Hamilton vs. John Adams.” The audience will choose the winner in a Constitution Day debate. Join Mercyhurst University’s Michael Federici and The City College of New York’s Richard Bernstein as they defend their champions in the Center’s third and final debate of the “MVP of the American Founding” series.
• Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m., Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium, “The American Soldier in Vietnam.” Georgia Southern University’s Bill Allison, will explore the Vietnam experience from perspectives of an infantryman in the bush to a clerk in Saigon, looking at daily existence in a country truly foreign to the American soldier. The draft, the enemy, the culture and countless other variables shaped each soldier’s Vietnam experience. This event is part of the UofL Vietnam War Commemoration event series.
• Nov. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Sons of the American Revolution (809 W. Main Street, 40202), “Shakespeare as Statesman: Leadership Lessons from the Bard.” Regina Salve University’s Khalil Habib will consider the role of liberty and tyranny in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in this free, public event co-sponsored by the McConnell Center and the Sons of the American Revolution. The event is part of the “Will in the Ville” First Folio series.
The non-partisan McConnell Center, created at UofL in 1991, prepares Kentucky’s top undergraduate students to become future leaders. In the past 25 years, the Center has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships to more than 200 students. Its lectures, books, studies and conferences have garnered international attention, with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently naming the Center “an oasis of excellence in higher education.”
For more details, contact GlyptusAnn Grider Jones at 502-852-4579 or see McConnellCenter.org.