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World-renowned and prominent speakers present on each week's theme, interfaith topics, literary arts and contemporary issues. Venues include the Amphitheater, Hall of Philosophy, Hall of Christ, Smith-Wilkes Hall, Women's Club, Athenaeum Hotel Parlor, and Lenna Hall
2019 Themes and Programming
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Interfaith Lecture Series: Laurie L. Patton    Hall of Philosophy
Laurie L. Patton is the 17th president of Middlebury and the first woman to lead the institution in its 218-year history. She is a leading authority in South Asian history and culture, and the author or editor of eleven books in these fields. She has also translated the ancient Hindu text, The Bhagavad Gita, for Penguin Classics Series, and is the author of three books of poetry—the last book, House Crossing, just published in 2018. Dr. Patton began her career at Bard College, where she was assistant professor of Asian religions from 1991 to 1996. From 1996 to 2011 she served on the faculty and administration at Emory University, where she was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religions and the inaugural director of Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the Office of the Provost. While at Emory she served as chair of the religion department from 2000 to 2007. Professor Patton then served as the Durden Professor of Religion and Duke University Dean of Arts & Sciences until 2015. At Duke she oversaw 36 academic departments and programs in arts and sciences for the school, which awards 80 percent of Duke’s bachelor degrees. Patton also oversaw Trinity’s $435 million commitment to the “Duke Forward” campaign. Laurie Patton believes in building a stronger and more resilient public sphere and in fostering increased opportunities for informed discussion and debate about today’s most challenging issues. Early in her leadership, she launched the first institution-wide discussion on Middlebury’s intellectual direction, Envisioning Middlebury, to help inform Middlebury’s new strategic direction, which was approved in late 2017. Also in her first years as Middlebury’s president, Patton’s team has initiated in numerous programs to strengthen the relationship between campuses in Middlebury, VT., and Monterey, California; raised over 40M in financial aid scholarships; inaugurated several new programs focusing on inclusivity on campus; and created a new environmental goal after Middlebury achieved carbon neutrality in 2016. From 2008 to 2011, she served as president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, and in 2018-19, she will be the president of the American Academy of Religion, an 8000 member scholarly society for the study of religion. In April, 2018, she was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, as a leader in two fields—religion/philosophy and education.
Morning Lecture: Hugh Hewitt, host, "The Hugh Hewitt Show"    Amphitheater
Hugh Hewitt Host, “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Political analyst and contributor, NBC News and MSNBC 10:45 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019 Hugh Hewitt is the acclaimed host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on the Salem Radio Network, heard nationally every weekday morning; an NBC News and MSNBC political analyst; a professor of law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law; and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Hewitt began his career as a research assistant for David Eisenhower; he then joined the staff of former President Richard Nixon as an editorial assistant. Hewitt left Nixon’s staff to attend law school, then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Judges Roger Robb and George MacKinnon. He served as special assistant to Attorneys General William Smith and Edwin Meese, assistant counsel in the White House and as general counsel to two federal agencies before ending his time in the Reagan Administration as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management. Hewitt returned to California at Nixon’s request to oversee the construction and opening of the Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. His broadcast career began in 1990 on Los Angeles radio station KFI AM 640 and on television in 1992 as host of PBS LA affiliate KCET nightly news and public affairs program “Life & Times Tonight,” for which he received three Emmy Awards. He is the author of a dozen books including his memoir The Happiest Life, and prior to joining NBC in the spring of 2016 was a regular on all networks’ Sunday shows. Since leaving the federal government, Hewitt has served as Governor Pete Wilson’s appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, as the Speaker of the California Assembly’s appointee on the California Arts Council, and as a member of the Orange County Children & Families Commission. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Morning Lecture: John Kasich, Former governor, State of Ohio    Amphitheater
Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a newly named CNN political commentator who believes in the power of individuals to effect change at the local level, and that we need to reach beyond politics and the issues that divide us to achieve solutions through unity and resilience. As governor, Kasich closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reduced taxes by $5 billion and outpaced the nation’s job growth with 557,600 new jobs in Ohio. Under his tenure, Ohio budget reserves grew from 89 cents to $2.7 billion. The governor was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade, and has been one of the few Republicans to advocate for Medicaid’s expansion. After having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history, Kasich was elected to the U.S. House and served as a member of Congress for 18 years. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the federal budget four times. After leaving Congress in 2000, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, and hosted “Heartland with John Kasich,” on the Fox News Channel, in addition to being a stand-in host for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews. He is the author of four New York Times best-sellers including, most recently, Two Paths: America Divided or United. Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Presidential Fellow.

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