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Blinn College Distinguished Lecture Series


Spring 1998

H. W. Brands, "TR: The Last Romantic," author of TR: THE LAST ROMANTIC and Professor of History Texas A&M University

Fall 1998-Spring 1999 – The Literature of War

Frank Vandiver, “The American Civil War” President Emeritus of Texas A&M University and University Distinguished Professor of History, author of numerous books on The Civil War and on military history.

James Hannah, “World War I,” Professor of English, Texas A&M University and author of THE MOCKING STARS: A GREAT WAR READER

Phillip Parotti, “World War II,” Professor of English, Sam Houston State University and author of THE GREEK GENERALS TALK, THE TROJAN GENERALS TALK, and FIRES IN THE SKY.

Robert Flynn, “The Vietnam War,” Novelist-in-Residence, Trinity University and author of A PERSONAL WAR IN VIETNAM.

Robert Divine, “The Persian Gulf War,” George W. Littlefield Professor of American History, The University of Texas, author of  THE ILLUSION OF NEUTRALITY, SECOND CHANCE: THE TRIUMPHS OF INTERNATIONALISM IN AMERICA DURING WORLD WAR II, and numerous critical works on United States foreign
Spring 2000 - Biotechnologies in the Third Millennium

Jim Wild, "Introduction to the New Biotechnologies," Professor of Biochemistry/Genetics, Texas A&M University
Glenn McGee, "Ethical Implications of the New Biotechnologies," Professor, University Pennsylvania Medical School and Director of the Center for Bioethics

Mark Westheusin, "Cloning: The Benefits to Human and Animal Health," Professor Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Harlan Cleveland, "The Social Fallout of Science," author of THE KNOWLEDGE EXECUTIVE and President of the World Academy of Art and Science, former President of University of Hawaii and Ambassador to NATO
Fall 2000

Jeremy Black, "The British View of the American Revolution," author of WAR FOR AMERICA, The Fight for Independence and Professor of History, Exeter College, UK.
Spring 2001

Gregg Cantrell, "Stephen F. Austin," author of STEPHEN F. AUSTIN: Empresario of Texas and Professor of History, North Texas State University
Fall 2001

H. W. Brands, "Benjamin Franklin," author of THE FIRST AMERICAN, The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and Professor of History Texas A&M University

Louie Menand, "THE METAPHYSICAL CLUB, A Story of Ideas in America," winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of PRAGMATISM and Professor of English, New York University.
Spring, 2002

James S. Olson, "The Alamo in Blood and Memory," author of A LINE IN THE SAND, The Alamo in Blood and Memory
Fall 2002

Dinesh D'Souza, "Why They Hate Us: America and Its Enemies," author of WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT AMERICA and fellow of the Hoover Institute, Stanford University
Spring 2003

Ed Ayers, "The Civil War" author of AMERICAN PASSAGES and the OXFORD BOOK OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH and Professor of History and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia

Carl Degler, "The Influence of Darwinism on American Social Thought," author of IN SEARCH OF HUMAN NATURE and Professor Emeritus, History, Stanford University
Fall 2004

Dr. David Oshinsky, Littlefield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, lectured on his newest book, A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy.

FALL 2006

  • Randolph Campbell, Professor, University of North Texas, spoke on his book, Gone To Texas.
  • Peter Onuf,  Jefferson Scholar, Department of History, University of Virginia, “Religion and Our Founding Fathers.”

Faculty Lecture - Paul Zoch spoke on his analysis of American public education, “Doomed to Fail.”

FALL 2007

Dr. Vincent Cassone, Chair, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University and Dr. Walter Bradley, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Baylor University,  Biological Evolution or Intelligent Design.


Faculty Lecture – Dr. Linda Hudson, author of Mistress of Manifest Destiny

FALL 2008

Faculty Lecture – Dr. Troy Bickham, Texas A&M University – “America in a Global Context”


Distinguished Lecture – Dr. Daniel Walker Howe, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California Los Angeles – WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.

FALL 2009

Constitution Day Lecture – Dr. H. W. Brands, Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin – “FDR and the Constitution”

Distinguished Lecture by R. B. Bernstein on “The Education of John Adams.” Professor Bernstein is the author of THE FOUNDING FATHERS RECONSIDERED, THOMAS JEFFERSON, and AMENDING AMERICA.

Distinguished Lecture by Dr. David Shi, President of Furman University, - “The Role of Religion in United States

Fall 2010

Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Jean Twenge, Associate Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University and author of GENERATION ME and THE EPIC OF NARCISSISM on “Generation Me: The Psychology and Technology of Today’s Young People.”

SPRING, 2011

Dr. H.W. Brands: "Democracy, Capitalism and


Distinguished Lecture BONHOEFFER: A View From the Underside, a one act play by Al Staggs.

Distinguished Lecture by Michael Wallis, author of David Crockett: Lion of the West.

Fall, 2012

Distinguished Lecture by Gary Weiss, author of AYN RAND NATION: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul. 
Andrew Card, Acting Dean, Bush School, Bush Library, Texas A&M University, Constitution Day Lecture - September 20, 2012.

Gary Weiss, "Ayn Rand Nation," Distinguished Lecture, November 14, 2012

Spring 2014

Dr. Jimmy Adams, Jr. The Journey. Black History Month presentation, Feb 13, 2014.

Mary Eberstadt: HOW THE WEST REALLY LOST GOD. April 7, 2014.

Spring 2015

Dean Ryan Crocker, Bush School of Government, Texas A&M University, “The United States and the Middle East,” April 20.