Since 1968 the National Affairs Committee - originally known as the Institute on National Affairs - has planned an annual series on a topic of national interest. The Committee on Lectures coordinates, reviews, and approves speakers and events planned by this committee.
Membership on the National Affairs Committee is open to all interested members of the university community. The Committee on Lectures appoints up to four representatives to National Affairs. These appointments are for three-year, renewable terms. The Office of the Provost appoints a faculty chair.
Students and faculty interested in joining should contact the Lectures Program director Amanda Knief for upcoming meeting dates and times.
2018-19 World Affairs Series: Building a Better Democracy
2017 Building a Better Democracy
2016 When American Values Are in Conflict
2015 When American Values Are in Conflict
2012 The Nation in Transition
2011 The Nation in Transition
2010 Innovation and Ethics: Are There Any Limits?
2009 How Will America Change?
2008 Can Laughter Save America?
2007 -no theme-
2006 Defining Values in American Politics
2005 Politics and Humor
2004 Is the Bill of Rights in Jeopardy? Civil Liberties in the 21st Century
2003 Mass Media and Culture in America
2002 The Business of Music in America
2001 Growing Up in America
2000 Channeling Reality: Television in America
1999 Creating Reality: Film in America
1998 Politics and Humor in America
1997 Civil Discourse in a Democracy
1996 Who Controls the Media?
1995 The Politics of Technology
1994 Redefining the American Community
1993 Reexamining the American Dream
1992 The Bill of Rights: 200 Years of Conflict and Compromise
1991 Higher Education in a Democracy
1990 Film in America: Actors and Images
1989 Civil Rights in America: The Struggle and the Dream
1988 Poverty in America: A Dream Deferred
1987 Controversy and the Constitution
1986 The Challenge of Technology
1985 Growing Up in America
1984 1984: How Close Have We Come?
1983 Poverty: The Great American Nightmare
1982 America's Spirit: Dreams, Myth, and Reality
1981 The Bill of Rights: Taking Liberties
1980 Humor in America
1979 America's Economic System: Is it Obsolete?
1978 Art in America Today: A Public Matter
1977 The People's Right to Know
1976 America on Film
1975 The American Future: 1976 and Beyond
1974 Playground to the Pros: Sport in American Society
1973 Pop! Goes Our Culture
1972 Justice Tipped in Whose Favor?
1971 Indian: First Americans Last
1970 Violence in America