Presidential Lecture Series

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:

Premiere WNC screening of Bending the Arc: A story of the friendship that changed the world of global health care: Paul Farmer and Partners in Health

April 2, 2019 – 4PM

Bending the Arc, a film that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is a feature-length documentary from filmmakers Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos following Partners In Health from 1980’s Haiti to 2014 West Africa. The film follows the story of Dr. Paul Farmer and his organization,  Partners In Health, which supports 12 clinics and a world-class teaching hospital that’s training Haiti’s next generation of health care providers. Partners In Health has grown to 10 countries and collaborates closely with their governments to continue what we began in Haiti—revitalizing clinics, building hospitals, and making house calls where no one else will go.

Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings in the U.S. and other countries. He is known for his highly effective approaches to health and human rights that address social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases, and about global health.

Dr. Farmer’s sister, Peggy Farmer, will introduce the film and discuss her experiences with her brother and his work in Haiti and Rwanda. MHU’s  Director of Community Engagement, Deb Myers will discuss the connections with the Center for Community Engagement’s work in Haiti.

A reception, sponsored by Healthy State, will immediately follow in Moore Auditorium Lobby.

Dr. Peggy Farmer is an internationally known speaker, wellness consultant and facilitator with a passion for self empowerment and total well-being. She is the youngest of six children. Her unique childhood was spent living on a bus and later a boat. The humble, sometimes adverse conditions of living in close quarters with eight family members taught her valuable life skills such as resiliency, compassion, tenacity, conflict resolution, and most of all, a sense of humor!

Peggy completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of South Florida while working as an EMT/firefighter. She then spent six months in rural Haiti doing field work on protein malnutrition with her brother, Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health (PIH). PIH deepened her passion for ameliorating the suffering of others.


Past events:

Becca Pizzi

September 10, 2018

Becca’s Feat on Feet; Dream Big, Take Chances and Believe in Yourself

Mars Hill alumna and the first woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge, Becca Pizzi, will be featured in the first Presidential Lecture and Performance Series event of the 2018-19 academic year.

U.S. Rep. David Price

April 3, 2018:  U.S. Rep. David Price, a Mars Hill alumnus, will present “From Mars Hill to Capitol Hill.” The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Broyhill Chapel.

Congressman Price has represented North Carolina’s fourth district since 1987, with the exception of the 1995-1996 term. He is a member of the Mars Hill College class of 1959, and went on to earn bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale University, and his Ph.D. from Yale. He taught at Yale and at Duke University before being elected to Congress. Price serves on the House Appropriations Committee and as the ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the departments of transportation and housing and urban development.

Jessica Bandel

March 22, 2018

“North Carolina and the Great War, 1914-1918”

Jessica Bandel has been a research historian with the North Carolina Archives and History Office, a subdivision of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, for four years. During her tenure, she has authored or coauthored three books and has curated a number of traveling and stationary exhibits on different aspects of North Carolina’s history. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012.

Zena Howard

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

National Museum of African American History and Culture and Beyond: Cultural Expression in the Built Environment

Lecture by Zena Howard. Howard was the senior architect for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is an architect and principal at Perkins+Will architectural firm. She has over 20 years of experience as an architect and project leader. Her experience includes specialized and unique design goals such as environmentally sensitive artifact exhibit areas, historically and culturally significant buildings and locations, and sustainable design.

Rick Glazier and John Hood

April 25, 2017

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

As President Donald Trump’s first 100 days draw to a close, two prominent influencers came 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” featured Rick Glazier of the North Carolina Justice Panel and John Hood of the John William Pope Foundation. The panel discussion was moderated by Professor Heather Hawn of Mars Hill University’s political science department. The event was held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Broyhill Chapel.