Fowler Speakers

Noteable Speakers

  • Henry A. Kissinger, "The Future Role of United States Foreign Policy" (May 3, 1983)
  • President Jimmy Carter, "Conflict and Consensus: America Today" (April 10, 1984)
  • Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, “Germany and the United States: Signals of Danger and Hope: A Conference of Distinguished Scholars and Statesmen” (April 12, 1985)
  • President Gerald R. Ford, "The President and the Congress: Can They Work Together?" (September 27, 1990)
  • Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger, "The Future of United States-Russia Relations" (March 30, 1994)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor- Constitution Day Speaker 2009, "Judicial Independence" (September 17, 2009)
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin - Constitution Day Speaker 2011, "Presidential Power after Lincoln" (September 21, 2011)
  • Senator Joe Lieberman, "Can We Stop the Partisan Polarization that is Crippling our Government?" (November 20, 2013)
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, "What to Expect From Washington in 2014 and Beyond" (February 4, 2015)
  • General James R. Clapper, "Intelligence Needs for the Future" (March 22, 2018) 
  • Jon Meacham, "Leadership and Character: Do We Need to be Good to be Great?" (March 28, 2019)

All speakers, 1983 - present

  • Alfred E. Kahn, "Regulation and Deregulation: The Lessons of Experience" (January 10, 1983)
  • Henry A. Kissinger, "The Future Role of United States Foreign Policy" (May 3, 1983)
  • Walter E. Williams, "Government Restraints on Economic Opportunity" (October 17, 1983)
  • President Jimmy Carter, "Conflict and Consensus: America Today" (April 10, 1984)
  • Dr. Patrick H. De Leon, "The Relationship between Psychology and the Law" (September 29, 1984)
  • Dr. Elizabeth F. Loftus and Dr. Robert G. Pachella, "Psychologists as Expert Witnesses: Role Conflicts & Ethical Questions" (September 29, 1984)
  • Prof. James J. Gobert, "The Use of Social Science Research in Jury Selection & Persuasion" (September 29, 1984)
  • Germany and the United States: Signals of Danger and Hope: A Conference of Distinguished Scholars and Statesmen

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, April 12, 1985

Dr. Wolfhart Pannenberg, April 13, 1985

Dr. Michael Naumann, April 13, 1985

Walter J. Stoessel, Jr., April 13, 1985

Henry H. Fowler as the Moderator of Panel Discussion, April 13, 1985

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment and the Center for Church and Society

  • Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, "The Future of the United Nations and the United States Foreign Policy" (October 25, 1985)
  • 200 Years of Church & State Relations: 1786-1986, January 14, 1986

Dr. Alan Geyer

Barry W. Lynn

Herbert W. Titus

A Conference Sponsored By Hollins College and Roanoke College

In cooperation with the Hollins College General Speakers' Fund and the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment

  • Dr. Willard Gaylin, "The Insanity Defense" (March 6, 1986)
  • Charles Robb, "Business and Politics: A Likely Match" (October 3, 1986)
  • Dr. Richard Lamerton, "The Hospice: An Alternative for the Dying" (October 16, 1986)
  • Lord Peter Bauer, "An Economists Look at Foreign Aid" (October 14, 1986) 
  • Terrorism, the New War: A Symposium on America and the Middle East, March 3-5, 1987

Col. Charles Scott, "The Terrorist Threat"

E. Howard Hunt and Dr. Haten Hussaini, "Is One Man's Terrorist Another's
Freedom Fighter" - Debate

Dr. Warshawsky (moderator), "Reflections on the Middle East" - Panel discussion with Dr. Janice Saunders, Dr. John Selby, Dr. Ned Wisnefske

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment

  • A Celebration of Liberty: The Constitution, Culture and Change, April 3-4, 1987

James Kilpatrick, "Freedom of the Press & Expression Under the Constitution"

Martin Marty, "Freedom of Religion - Back To Square One with Amendment One"

Edward Albee, "The Theatre vs. the Playwright"

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment and the Center for Church & Society

  • Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, "Human Equality is a Contingent Fact of History" (November 4, 1987)
  • Robert N. Bellah, Lawrence M. Meade and William J. Raspberry, "The Meaning of Citizenship: Rights and Obligations in the 1990's" (April 8 - 9, 1988)

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment and the Center for Church and Society

  • Rick Boucher, "An Inside Look at Congressional Elections" (October 10, 1988)
  • Alex Haley, "Roots: A Saga of History" (February 9, 1989)
  • Vladimir Sakharov, "Russia Now - 2010: Are Gorbachev and the New Economy for Real?" (March 15, 1989)
  • Elliot L. Richardson, "Ethics in Government" (October 4, 1989)
  • Admiral Stansfield Turner, "Terrorism and Democracy" (October 26, 1989) 
  • Ted Fiske, "The Role of Education in a Technocratic Society" (December, 1989)
  • Andrew Young, "Civil Rights in America: Reflections on Achievements and Unfulfilled Goals" (February 21, 1990)

In cooperation with the C & P Telephone Company

  • Ellen Goodman, "Women in Politics: Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Opportunities" (March 3, 1990)
  • President Gerald R. Ford, "The President and the Congress: Can They Work Together?" (September 27, 1990) 
  • Colloquium '92 Educating the Whole Person, January 16, 1992

Ernest Boyer, "The Importance of General Education"

Gilbert Meilaender, Jr., "Forming Both Heart and Mind: The Role of the Church-Related College"

Robert Brustein, "Sense and Sensitivity: The Options of Multi-Culturalism"

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment and The Center for Church and Society

  • Joe Clark, "Perspectives on Discipline, Citizenship and Education" (February 27, 1992)
  • Ralph Nader, "Earth Visions: The Citizens' Strategies to Sustain Our Environment" (March 19, 1992)
  • The Role of Women in Public Life, March 18, 1993

Dr. Carol Swain, "Black Faces, Black Interests"

Dr. Cecilia E. Rouse, "Women and the Labor Market: Trends, Problems and Political Solutions"

Dr. M. Christine Stansell, "Public Women and Sexual Ambiguity: A Historian's Perspective"

  • The Second Russian Revolution - Evening Lecture Series

Dr. Dan Richardson, "Russia's Past.... Russia's Future" (February 1, 1994)

Dr. Kent Hill, "The Future of Religious Freedom in Russia: The Debate Over Evangelizing" (February 8, 1994)

Dr. Richard Stites, "Russian Popular Culture" (February 15, 1994)

Dr. Vladimir Mikhalev, "Social and Political Challenges of the Russian Economic Transformation" (February 22, 1994)

Dr. Igor Zevelev, "Constitutional Reform in Post-Communist Russia" (March 1, 1994)

Victor Pakhomkin and Natalia Mokina, "Contemporary Art in Russia" (March 15, 1994)

Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger, "The Future of United States-Russia Relations" (March 30, 1994)

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment and the Center for Church & Society

  • Reflecting, Distorting or Enlightening? The Responsibility of the Media in American Life Community Lecture Series

William F. Buckley, "Reflections on Current Contentions: Role of Media" (October 11, 1994)

Peter Steinfels, "War of the Worldviews: Religion and the Media" (October 26, 1994)

Nat Hentoff, "Violence and the Media" (November 10, 1994)

Daniel Schorr "The Effects of the Media on U.S. Politics" (November 15, 1994)

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Humanities Endowment and the Center for Church & Society

  • Michael Dukakis, "The Future of American Social Policy" (April 6, 1995)
  • Korea and the U.S. - Continuity and Change

Dr. Donald Nuechterlein, "Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy" (October 10, 1995)

Joel Kotkin, "Ethnic Identity in the Global Economy" (November 3, 1995)

Dr. Donald Clark, "History of Modern Korea" (November 15, 1995)

Chang-Rae Lee, "Chang-Rae Lee Reads From His Fiction" (February 16, 1996)

Steven Scholosstien, "U.S. and Korea in the Technology Revolution" (February 23, 1996)

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Church & Society

  • Shee Juan Chung, James F. Holman, Theodore R. Marmor, Laban A. Otieno, and Yurl A. Petrov, "Health Care in the Sister Cities" (March 29-30, 1996)
  • Three Conversations on Freedom (one cancelled)

Ronald Segal, "The Black Diasporas" (November 4, 1996)

Ann Richards, "The Path Ahead for Women in Public Service" (March 24, 1997)

P. J. O'Rourke, "The Politics of Worry" (October 31, 1997)

  • The United States and the United Kingdom: Still a Special Relationship?

Alister McGrath, "Evangelicalism and the Future of Christianity" (March 20, 1998)

Martin Walker, March 20, 1998

Robert Aliber, March 20, 1998

George Stiener, "The Archives of Eden Revisited" (March 23, 1998)

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Church & Society

  • The Role of Virtue in Public Life

Stephen L. Carter, "Integrity and Civility" (October 21, 1998)

Sam Margulies, March 17, 1999

Robert Bork, April 13, 1999

Keith Harper, "Native Americans and the Law" (November 11, 1999)

  • Dr. Carol M. Swain, "The Path Ahead for African Americans in Politics" (March 16, 2000)
  • Shelby Steele, "The Path Ahead for Ideological Diversity Among African-Americans" (March 16, 2000)
  • Dr. Cheryl Sanders, "Ministry at the Margins" and "The Future of African-American Churches" (March 30, 2000)

In cooperation with the Center for Religion and Society

  • Robert Dole, "Leadership: Values in the 21st Century" (March 25, 2001)
  • Oscar Arias, "A Global Vision For Peace and Development" (November 2, 2001)
  • Dr. Edward O. Wilson, "The Future of Life" (March 23, 2002)
  • Dr. James Q. Wilson, "The Moral Sense" (April 9, 2002)
  • Religion and Politics in the Middle East

Benazir Bhutto, September 17, 2002

Dennis B. Ross, September 18, 2002

Stephen P. Cohen, September 18, 2002

Edward Said, September 24, 2002

Dr. Carol Swain, "The New White Nationalism in American: Its Challenge to Integration" (October 24, 2002)

In cooperation with the Donald L. Jordan Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Religion & Society

  • Randall Robinson, "Reparations and Race in America's Future" (January 23, 2003)
  • Cokie Roberts, "Faith in Politics" (October 4, 2003)
  • Civil Rights: The Legacy and the Promise

Juan Williams, "Eyes on the Prize: The Truths of American Race Relations" (September 2, 2004)

Jack Greenburg, "The Meaning of the Brown vs. Board of Education Decision" (October 27, 2004)

Chad Corntassel Smith, "Native American Rights and Cherokee Culture" (November 3, 2004)

  • Fred Barnes and Peter Beinart, "The Meaning of the 2004 Elections" (January 27, 2005)
  • David Brooks and Dr. Richard Land, "The Future of American Conservatism: Conversations in the Public Square" (October 6, 2005)

In cooperation with the Center for Religion and Society

  • Margaret Carlson and Gary Dorrien, "The Future of Liberalism in America Liberalism: Conversations in the Public Square" (January 25, 2006)

In cooperation with the Center for Religion and Society

  • Lech Walesa, "Democracy: The Never Ending Battle" (March 27, 2006)
  • Roger K. Newman - Constitution Day Speaker 2006, "Original Sin and Original Intent" (September 19, 2006)
  • William Kristol and Anthony Lake, "Americas Global Strategy in the 21st Century: Conversations in the Public Square" (October 11, 2006)
  • Michael Barone and Mara Liasson, "The Meaning of the 2006 Elections" (January 31, 2007)

In cooperation with the Center for Religion and Society

  • Roy Smith - Constitution Day Speaker 2008, "Business, Government and the Constitution in the Twentieth Century" (September 19, 2008)
  • Douglas Brinkley, "Presidents of the Twentieth Century" (October 2, 2008)
  • George Nash, "The Future of Conservatism in America" (February 11, 2009)
  • George Will, "Lessons Drawn from the Twentieth Century" (April 6, 2009)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor - Constitution Day Speaker 2009, "Judicial Independence" (September 17, 2009)
  • Nicholas Carr, "The Shallows: Mind, Memory, and Media in the Age of Information" (November 11, 2009)
  • Jared M. Diamond, "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" (April 7, 2010)
  • Larry Sabato - Constitution Day Speaker 2010, "A More Perfect Constitution" (September 22, 2010)
  • Matthew Continetti and Paul Glastris, "The Meaning of the 2010 Elections" (November 9, 2010)

In cooperation with the Center for Religion and Society

  • Jon Meacham and Jody Bottum, "The Next America: Is America Still Exceptional?" (April 6, 2011)

In cooperation with the Center for Religion and Society

  • Mystic Chords of Memory: Results of the Civil War, 2011
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin - Constitution Day Speaker 2011, "Presidential Power after Lincoln" (September 21, 2011)
  • Lucas E. Morel, "Lincoln and Race" (November 2, 2011)

In cooperation with the James C. and S. Maynard Turk Pre-Law Program

  • Binh Danh and Robert Schultz, "Specimen Days: Walt Whitman, Virginia, and the Civil War" (November 9, 2011)

In cooperation with the Copenhaver Endowment and the English and Fine Arts Departments

  • Mark F. Miller and Tom D. Mays, "The Role of Roanoke College during the Civil War" (November 16, 2011)
  • Stephen Carter - Constitution Day Speaker 2012, "The Importance of Honesty to Constitutional Government" (September 20, 2012)
  • Stephen Hayes and David Gushee, "The Meaning of the 2012 Elections" (November 13, 2012)

In cooperation with the Robert D. Benne Center for Religion and Society

  • Senator Joe Lieberman, "Can We Stop the Partisan Polarization that is Crippling our Government?" (November 20, 2013)
  • Dr. Robert George - Constitution Day Speaker 2013, "Judicial Supremacy? Lessons from Lincoln" (January 27, 2014)
  • Dr. Gordon Wood - Constitution Day Speaker 2014, "Advice to the Egyptians from the Founding Fathers" (September 16, 2014)
  • Kirsten Powers with John Inazu, "The Meaning of the 2014 Elections" (November 19, 2014)

In cooperation with the Robert D. Benne Center for Religion and Society

  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, "What to Expect From Washington in 2014 and Beyond" (February 4, 2015)
  • Jon Huntsman, Jr., "Our Future With China" (November 2, 2015)
  • Dr. Claes Ryn, "Can the United States and China Live Together? If so, How?" (March 1, 2016)
  • Constitution Day Panel led by Mike Pace (Roanoke College General Counsel), September 15, 2016

In cooperation with the Turk Pre-Law Program and the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law

  • Bob Woodward, "The Meaning of the 2015 Elections: What Just Happened?" (November 17, 2016)
  • Ross Douthat, "Bad Religion and American Culture" (March 28, 2017)
  • Tim Jones - Roanoke City Police Department, "Can a Christian Be a Cop?" (April 13, 2017)

In cooperation with Reformation 500

  • Kelly Ayotte, "The Next America: The View from Congress" (October 30, 2017)
  • General James R. Clapper, "Intelligence Needs for the Future" (March 22, 2018) 

In cooperation with the Delta Gamma Ethics in Leadership Program

  • Noah Goldberg and Peter Beinart, "The Results of the 2018 Elections" (November 14, 2018)
  • Jon Meacham, "Leadership and Character: Do We Need to be Good to be Great?" (March 28, 2019)