McConnell Center kicks off spring schedule with focus on the U.S. presidency


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center is hosting four free, public events as part of its spring 2017 “Promises and Perils of the American Presidency” public lecture series. All events begin at 6 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium, lower level. Here’s the schedule:

    • Jan. 23 – President Trump: Challenges and Opportunities, a panel discussion featuring Director of the McConnell Center Gary Gregg; political science professors Jasmine Farrier and Laura Moyer; and the director of the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise, Stephan Gohmann.
    • Feb. 20 – Does it Matter Who’s President: Success and Failure in the White House, a President’s Day lecture by Barbara Perry, director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center
    • March 20 – Presidents as the Problem: Reigning in the Cult of the American President, a lecture by Gene Healy of the Cato Institute and author of the 2008 book, “The Cult of the Presidency.”
    • April 12 – The New President and the World: Challenges and Opportunities, a lecture by Peter Zeihan, geopolitical strategist and global energy, demographic and security expert; author of the 2016 book, “The Accidental Super Power: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder.”


    The non-partisan McConnell Center, created at UofL in 1991, prepares Kentucky’s top undergraduate students to become future leaders; offers civic education programs for teachers, students and the public; and conducts strategic leadership development for the U.S. Army.

    In the past 25 years, the center has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarship awards to more than 200 students. Its lectures, books, studies and conferences have garnered international attention, with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni recently naming the Center “an oasis of excellence in higher education.”

    For more details, contact GlyptusAnn Grider Jones at 502-852-4579 or see


    Matt Lambert
    Matt has served in multiple communications and marketing roles since joining UofL in 2012 and is currently a communications specialist in charge of national media outreach for research and academics. He came to UofL following a successful tenure as the Associate Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at Loyola University New Orleans. In his 20-plus year career in communications, Matt has worked as an award-winning journalist, owned his own political consulting firm and served as a communications director in the U.S. Congress. He is not only employed by UofL, but also a recent graduate, earning his MBA from the College of Business in May 2016.