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The mission of Presidential Studies at Chapman University is to promote a better understanding of both the American presidency as a political institution as well as those who have (and will) hold the office as part of a broader dialogue related to civic engagement. Through campus events, conferences, and research opportunities for both faculty and students, Presidential Studies will model civil discourse at a time in our history when a more substantive understanding of the significant role presidents play in governing is needed. All facets of the program will contribute to enhancing a culture of impactful research on campus for faculty and students, as well as outreach to and engagement with the broader Chapman University community.


The Bill and Ronna Shipman Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies encourages substantive and thoughtful debate on timely and essential topics related to the American presidency. In addition, this series will promote diversity of ideas and free speech reflective of the ideals of deliberative democracy. Understanding the history, influence, and global impact of the American presidency as an institution and the individuals who have and will hold the office is essential to promoting a better understanding of the American constitutional system and the ideal of public service in government. Speakers and related events will promote civic engagement, expanded political and intellectual discourse, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement from multiple perspectives on the Chapman University campus and beyond.

Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Lori Cox Han, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science and Former Director of Presidential Studies first hosted The Distinguished Speaker Series in the Presidential Studies Program. The Presidential Studies Program resides in the School of Communication two years later, and the Director Luke Nichter, Ph.D.

These Chapman University events are open to Chapman faculty, students, and the community. Additional speakers and future events will be announced on our Presidential Studies Program page, so keep checking back!

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Nixon Foundation Partnered with Presidential Studies Program

Kristin Carlucci Weed Presents: Get Me Carlucci: A Daughter Recounts Her Father’s Legacy of Service& Foreign Policy

4/29/24 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | FREE ADMISSION 

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886