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The Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies

The Bill and Ronna Shipman Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies seeks to encourage substantive and thoughtful debate on timely and important 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 as well as 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. 

The Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies series of presentations are hosted by Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Lori Cox Han, Ph.D. Professor of Political Science and Director of Presidential Studies. These events are open to Chapman faculty and students as well as the public. The Inaugural Speaker event was held on October 26, 2021, at Waltmar Theater, Chapman University Campus. Additional speakers and other events will be announced. Be sure to check back here for details!


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Bill and Ronna Shipman Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies Past Events

October 2021
Inaugural Bill and Ronna Shipman Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies with John Heilemann

John HeilemannHeilemann is a co-founder of Recount Media and the editor-in-chief of The Recount, a new platform for short-form video covering politics. He is a co-host and executive producer of The Circus, the heralded weekly political documentary series now in its sixth season on Showtime. He is National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears on Morning Joe, The Last Word, Deadline: White House, and The 11th Hour. And he is the co-author of two of the most successful and influential books in history on presidential politics: Game Change and Double Down, widely regarded as the definitive chronicles of the 2008 and 2012 elections, respectively. A New York Times No. 1 best-seller and worldwide sensation, reprinted in nine languages, Game Change was adapted by HBO Films into a movie of the same name, which went on to win five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award.

Read about about the event in the Voice of Wilkinson!

Bill and Ronna Shipman Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies

Previewing the 2022 and 2024 Elections: A Conversation with Mara Liasson - Sept. 29, 2022


Mara LisassonMara Liasson is a contributor to FOX News Channel (FNC) and the national political correspondent for NPR. She joined FOX in 1997 and serves as a panelist on Special Report with Brett Baier and FOX News Sunday, FOX Broadcasting Company’s public affairs program that airs nationwide each Sunday morning.