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Presidential Lecture and Performance Series

The Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at Mars Hill University complements Mars Hill University’s emphasis on the liberal arts by bringing distinguished and knowledgeable individuals to lecture on a wide range of topics and to provide high quality performances in the cultural arts.

Upcoming events: 

President Trump's First 100 Days: Perspectives From the Left and Right

April 25, 2017 - 7:30pm - Broyhill Chapel

As President Donald Trump’s first 100 days draw to a close, two prominent influencers come to Mars Hill University to reflect on his actions and project how the rest of the president’s term may take shape. "President Trump's First 100 Days: Perspectives From the Left and Right" will feature Rick Glazier of the North Carolina Justice Panel and John Hood of the John William Pope Foundation. The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Heather Hawn of Mars Hill University's political science department. The event is on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Broyhill Chapel. It is open to the public with free admission.

Rick Glazier has served as the executive director of the NC Justice Center since 2015, following 13 years representing Cumberland County in the North Carolina General Assembly. He was a visiting professor in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University and has been teaching at Campbell University School of Law for 20 years, in addition to past teaching roles at other institutions. He is a former chair of the Cumberland County School Board. He received his JD from Wake Forest University in 1981.

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and beyond. Hood also is chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues reports, hosts events, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. Hood received his degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This event is the second of the spring semester in Mars Hill University's Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. The first event, a concert by popular old-time musicians David Holt and the Lightning Bolts, is scheduled for Friday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium.

Zena Howard

September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm - Broyhill Chapel

Zena Howard was the Senior Project Manager on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and an architect and Principal at Perkins+Will. She worked full time as on the project for more than 8 years. The Lecture is sponsored by the Rural Heritage Museum and the President's Office.