Northwood Michigan Announces Exciting Lineup of Spring Lectures, Debates

Northwood University Michigan’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise has just unveiled its exciting lineup of lectures and debates for the 2015 spring semester.  Speakers include award-winning authors and professors, policy experts, and contrarian bloggers. Topics range from fantasy literature to American wars to the failures of the welfare state. Members of the community are welcome to join students, faculty, and staff for these public events. Admission is free, and no RSVP is required.

  • Thursday, January 22: Shadowy Evil and Unlikely Heroes in Tolkien’s Middle Earth – Ben Lockerd, Professor of English at Grand Valley State University and author/editor of three books and numerous articles on T.S. Eliot and Renaissance literature addresses themes of good and evil in Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
  • Monday, Feb. 9: Has the Great Society Succeeded? – Rachel Sheffield, policy analyst in the DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, kicks off the first presentation in a three-part lecture series, “The Great Society at 50,” This series reexamines the effects of the Great Society’s welfare state programs on America.. (Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies)
  • Monday, March 2: Are U.S. National Interests in the Middle East Best Advanced by Active Military Intervention? – Max Boot, the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, will debate the merits of American military policy abroad.. (Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies)
  • Wednesday, March 18: Are We Stuck with the Great Society? – Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog, gives the second lecture in the series, “The Great Society at 50,” (Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies)
  • Tuesday, March 31: Grant and Lee in War and Peace – William C. Davis, Pulitzer-nominated historian and Professor of History and Director of Programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, offers new insights into the lives of the Civil War’s greatest generalsUlysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee .
  • Monday, April 20: Alternatives to the Great Society – Kris Mauren, co-founder and Executive Director of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, presents the final lecture in the series, “The Great Society at 50.” (Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies)

All events will be  held at 7 pm at Northwood University Michigan, 4000 Whiting Drive, Midland, Michigan 48640. Refreshments are provided. For more information, please contact Professor Glenn Moots at 989.837.4255 or moots@northwood.edu.


About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan and Texas. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.