Public Lectures & Events

Hillsdale College hosts  lectures in Washington, D.C., at the Kirby Center on Capitol Hill. Most events are available to the public, and past events can be viewed in our Video Archives.

AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series

The AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series addresses political, historical, and economic topics from a constitutional perspective. Started in 2008, the monthly lectures are open to the public and available online in video and webcast formats. Speakers have included former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, The Almanac of American Politics author Michael Barone, retired four-star Army general Jack Keane, and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Gretchen Morgensen.

Evening Receptions

In addition to its monthly AWC Family Foundation lectures on politics, the Kirby Center frequently holds evening book receptions on political or cultural topics of interest. Scholars give a 30-40 minute talk on their book followed by a Q&A session with the audience, followed by a reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments with the speaker, Kirby Center staff, and other attendees. The Kirby Center also holds evening lectures and receptions on cultural topics of interest. Recent examples include a panel discussion on what pop-culture reveals about the current state of American politics, an evening discussion on identity politics, and a series of lectures on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.