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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!