National Affairs

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

2014 Innovation

2013 Innovation

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