American Studies Institute
The American Studies Institute traces its roots to a program
started at Harding in 1953 called the School of American
Studies. Expanded and renamed in 1988, the Institute is
designed to supplement the academic training of students by
promoting a complete understanding of the institutions, val-
ues and ideas of liberty and democracy. It does so by provid-
ing up-to-date reflections from national and international
leaders in business, government and education.
The benefits of the American Studies Institute have been
visibly significant. Unequaled educational opportunities have
been provided to students in many disciplines. The program
has a long-standing tradition of recognition from the Freedoms
Foundation in Valley Forge, Pa., receiving numerous awards in
the area of community service. In fact, either the program itself
or Harding faculty and administrators have won a Freedoms
Foundation award every year for the past 45 years.
Bringing lectures to the Harding campus, this program serves
as an integral part of the American Studies Institute. A
unique approach to citizenship education in contemporary
national and international affairs, the Lecture Series offers
insight into current trends in political and economical devel-
opment affecting the American way of life.
Speakers in the Lecture Series have included Presidents
George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, Margaret Thatcher,
Mikhail Gorbachev, John Major, Lech Walesa, Barbara Bush,
Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Tom Peters,
Bobby Bowden, Zig Ziglar and William F. Buckley Jr..
The Young America’s Foundation is
co-sponsoring the lecture series.
September 17, 2009, 7:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium
Nonie Darwish is the founder of Arabs for Israel and author of
Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America,
Israel and the War on Terror, and Cruel and
Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global
Implications of Islamic Law. Born in Cairo,
she grew up in the Gaza strip where her
father was a high-ranki