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Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series at Angelo State University provides premier lectures to both Angelo State students and community members. Six lectures throughout the year feature discussions in topics relating to areas of study in the College of Science and Engineering, College of Arts and Humanities and the Norris-Vincent College of Business.

View the ASU calendar for details about upcoming lectures.

Active Lectureships

  • WTMA Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon

    The West Texas Medical Associates (WTMA) Distinguished Lectureship in Science has been bringing world-renowned scientists, including 11 Nobel Prize winners, to ASU since 1976. WTMA Lecturers participate in public presentations, colloquia and informal discussions with students and faculty.

    Speakers are selected from academic or professional specialties that complement the basic sciences emphasized in the ASU curriculum or a related medical or health science. The lectureship honors beloved San Angelo physician Dr. Roy E. Moon, who died in 1976 at the age of 64. The lectureship is underwritten by an annual grant from the members of WTMA. 

    WTMA Distinguished Lecturers

    WTMA Distinguished Lecturers
    Year Lecturers and Subject
    2018 Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University; Director, Franke Program in Science and Humanities, Yale University; Associate, Dark Cosmology Center, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    2017 Dr. John P. Smol, professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and co-director of the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and research Laboratory (PEARL)
    2016 Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of pediatrics, neurology, neuroscience, and molecular and human genetics at Baylor University College of Medicine
    2015 Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, visiting professor of astrophysics at Oxford University in England
    2014 Dr. Nathan Wolfe, founder and CEO of the Global Viral independent research institute and Metabiota, a company specializing in microbiological research, products and services
    2013 Dr. Edward B. Burger, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College
    2012 Dr. Jack Farmer, professor of geological sciences at Arizona State University
    2011 Dr. Susan L. Lindquist, professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and associate member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
    2010 Dr. Ahmed Zewail, Nobel Prize winner and Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
    2009 Dr. Christopher M. Dobson, John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology and Master of St. John’s College, University of Cambridge
    2008 Jeffrey D. Macklis, M.D., Director, Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School Center for Nervous System Repair, Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery and Neurology, Harvard University
    2007 Joseph H. Taylor, Ph.D., 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physics, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Princeton University
    2006 Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., President, Institute for Systems Biology
    2005 Rita Colwell, Ph.D., Chair, Canon U.S. Life Science, Inc., and Former President, National Science Foundation
    2004 Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., American Cancer Society Research Professor, Departments of Medicine (Medical Genetics) and Genome Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine
    2003 J. William Schopf, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life, University of California at Los Angeles
    2002 Polly Celine Eveline Matzinger, Ph.D., Head, Section on T-Cell Tolerance and Memory, Ghost Lab, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health
    2001 Ferid Murad, M.D., (Nobel Laureate: Medicine) Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Director, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    2000 F. Sherwood Rowland, Ph.D., (Nobel Laureate: Chemistry), Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry and Earth System Science, University of California at Irvine
    1999 Keith L. Black, M.D., Director, Division of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Director, Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program; and Director, Cedars-Sinai Neurological Institute
    1998 Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D., Founder and Chairman, Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc, and National Geographic’s Explorer in Residence
    1997 Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D. (Nobel Laureate: Chemistry), Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado
    1996 Alfred G. Gilman, M.D. (Nobel Laureate: Medicine), Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    1995 Eugene M. Shoemaker, Ph.D., Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey
    1994 C. Thomas Caskey, M.D., Director, Human Genome Center, and Chair, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
    1993 Donald C. Johanson, Ph.D., President, Institute of Human Origins
    1992 Chen Ning Yang, Ph.D. (Nobel Laureate: Physics), Director of the Theoretical Physics Department, State University of New York
    1991 Lynn Margulis, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor of Botany, University of Massachusetts
    1990 Leon Richard Kass, Ph.D., Professor, University of Chicago
    1989 Cyril Ponnamperuma, Ph.D., Director, Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, and Professor of Chemistry, University of Maryland
    1988 Michael S. Brown, M.D. (Nobel Laureate: Medicine), Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director of the Center for Genetic Disease, Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
    1987 Hans Mark, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Texas System, and former Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    1986 Donald C. Johanson, Ph.D., paleoanthropologist
    1985 Arthur Guyton, M.D., Chairman, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
    1984 Har Gobind Khorana, Ph.D. (Nobel Laureate: Physiology), Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1983 Tanya M. Atwater, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Geophysics, University of California at Santa Barbara
    1982 Kip S. Thorne, Ph.D., Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology
    1981 D. Carleton Gajdusek, M.D. (Nobel Laureate: Medicine), Director of the Study of Child Growth and Development and Disease Patterns in Primitive Cultures, National Institutes of Health
    1980 Frederick Chapman Robbins, M.D. (Nobel Laureate: Medicine), Dean, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
    1979 George W. Beadle, Ph.D. (Nobel Laureate: Biology), President Emeritus, University of Chicago; and W. O. Milligan, Ph. D., Director of Research, Robert A. Welch Foundation
    1978 Linus Pauling, Ph.D. (Nobel Laureate: Chemistry; Nobel Laureate: Peace), Research Professor, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Stanford University
    1977 Humberto Fernandez-Moran, M.D., Ph.D., Pritzker Professor of Biophysics, University of Chicago
  • E. James Holland Symposium on American Values

    The ASU Symposium on American Values has brought more than 50 knowledgeable and sometimes provocative figures from the front lines of American culture and society to the ASU campus to spark discussion on a wide range of topics. Pop culture, politics, entertainment, immigration, foreign policy and violence provide a sampling of the subjects covered in the annual lecture.

    The Holland Symposium has brought to campus noted scholars from a variety of fields, including ecology, sociology, psychology, political science, education and business. The symposium is named in honor of its creator, E. James Holland, retired dean of the ASU College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and is designed to bring the ASU community and the public together to reflect on issues related to the country’s values.

    Holland Lecturers

    Holland Lecturers
    Year Lecturers and Subject

    Sonia Manzano, “Maria” from “Sesame Street” and best-selling author


    Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, writer and “techno-sociologist” 


    Dr. John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, linguist and best-selling author


    Retired Col. Eileen Collins, retired NASA and Air Force Colonel and the first woman to command an American spacecraft

    2014 Ian Cheney, award-winning documentary filmmaker and 2014-15 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT
    2013 Dr. Michael E. Mann, director of the Earth Science Center and distinguished professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, and author of Dire Predictions: Understanding GlobalWarming and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
    2012 Jeffery Lyons, Television and Film Critic
    2011 Frank Deford, author, Emmy award-winning journalist, commentator and humanitarian
    2010 Dr. James Katz, chair of the Rutgers University Department of Communication, and Howard Rheingold, author and pioneer expert on the internet
    2009 Dr. Leiyu Shi, professor of health policy and health services research at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Gregory Stevens, assistant professor and associate director of research in the Center for Community Health Studies at the University of Southern California
    2008 Dr. John Gilliom, Professor of Political Science, Ohio University, and Dr. Torin Monahan, Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Development and Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
    2007 Dr. Katherine Donato, Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University, and Dr. Jorge Durand, Professor of Anthropology, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
    2006 Dr. Scott Appleby, Professor of History, Notre Dame University, and Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    2005 Dr. Peter A. Walker, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, and Dr. Howard Margolis, Professor of Public Policy, University of Chicago
    2004 Dr. David Popenoe, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, and Dr. Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History and Family Studies, Evergreen State College
    2003 Dr. Kamran Aghaie, Associate Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Thomas Gouttierre, Dean of International Studies and Director, Center for Afghanistan Studies, University of Nebraska
    2002 Dr. Regina Barreca, Author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, and Dr. Lawrence E. Mintz, Founder and President, International Society of Humor Studies
    2001 Dr. David Barash, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, and author of Understanding Violence, and Dr. Roy F. Baumeister, author of Evil: Inside Violence and Cruelty
    2000 Dr. Robert V. Friedenberg, Professor of Communication, Miami University of Ohio, and Dr. Richard Davis, Professor of Government, Brigham Young University
    1999 Dr. Carlos Munoz, Jr., Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California, and Dr. Alan Wolfe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College
    1998 Dr. Lynn Spigel, Professor and Chair, Critical Studies Division, Department of Cinema and Television, University of South California; C. Edwin Baker, Gallicchio Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Angela M. S. Nelson, Director of the Center for Popular Culture Studies, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
    1997 Dr. James Davison Hunter, William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies and Director of the Post-Modernity Project, University of Virginia; Grace Palladino, Co-Director and Editor of The Samuel Gompers Papers, University of Maryland; and William Strauss, writer, historian, lecturer, theatrical director and entertainer
    1996 Anne Wells Branscomb, President, The Raven Group, and Research Associate, Harvard University Program on Information Resources Policy; Gary Chapman, Coordinator, 21st Century Project, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Steve Jones, Chair, Communication Department, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Information, University of Tulsa
    1995 Dr. Stanley Eitzen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Colorado State University; Dr. Mimi Murray, Buxton Professor of Physical Education, Springfield College; and Dr. Benjamin G. Rader, Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    1994 Dr. Michael A. Hitt, Professor of Management and Robertson Chair in Business Administration, Texas A&M University; Anne L. Heald, Executive Director, Center for Learning and Competitiveness, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland; and Dr. Robert Perrucci, Professor of Sociology, Purdue University
    1993 Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, Aldrich Professor of Geosciences, University of California; Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Lawton Distinguished Professor in Biological Sciences, Florida State University; and Dr. William E. Riebsame, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
    1992 Dr. Arnold R. Hirsch, Professor of History, College of Urban and Public Affairs, University of New Orleans; Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Professor of Medicine and Director of Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California; and Dr. Samuel L. Myers, Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
    1991 Dr. Barbara J. Callaway, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University; Dr. James M. McCormick, Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University; and Dr. Barry Rubin, Lecturer in International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
    1990 Dr. James L. Gumnnick, Executive Director for Research, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas; Dr. George K. Schweitzer, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Tennessee; and Dr. Judith P. Swazey, President of the Acadia Institute, Bar Harbor, Maine
    1989 Dr. Elizabeth Johns, Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; Wayne Lawson, Executive Director, Ohio Arts Council; and Doris Betts, Alumni Distinguished Professor of English, University of North Carolina
    1988 Dr. Michael W. Kirst, Professor of Education, Stanford University; Demos P. Doyle, Senior Research Fellow, Hudson Institute; and Dr. Arthur E. Wise, Director, Center for the Study of the Teaching Profession, The RAND Corporation
    1987 Dr. Walter F. Berns, John M. Olin University Professor, Georgetown University; Dr. Deborah L. Rhode, Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School; and Dr. Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
    1986 Dr. Joe B. Frantz, Turnbull Professor of History, Corpus Christi State University, and Former Chair, History Department, University of Texas at Austin; Jared E. Hazleton, President, Texas Research League, and Former Dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington in Seattle; and Peter C. Bishop, Chair, Studies of the Future Program, University of Houston at Clear Lake City
    1985 Dr. Michael R. Rion, President, Hartford Seminary; Dr. Patricia H. Werhane, Associate Professor and Associate Academic Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University; and Dr. Richard T. De George, University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas
    1984 Dr. Elsie Boulding, Chair, Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College; Dr. Peter A. French, Lennox Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Trinity University; and Dr. William H. McNeill, Millikan Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
  • Henry Edwards Distinguished Lectureship in Art

    The Henry Edwards Distinguished Lectureship in Art is an outgrowth of the Edwards Family Trust. Established in 1992 by Joseph Henry Edwards and Winona Edwards of San Angelo, the trust provides funding for the art program in ASU’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to the lectureship, the Edwards Family Trust supports scholarships for outstanding visual art students and an artist residency program.

    Featured Lecturers

    Featured Lecturers
    Year Lecturers
    2017 Lydia Dildilian, Wisconsin-based painter
    2016 Jim Woodson, New Mexico-based contemporary artist
    2015 Howard Sherman, Houston-based contemporary artist
    2013 Sharon Booma, Massachusetts-based contemporary painter
  • Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business

    The ASU Distinguished Lectureship in Business has become a catalyst for a growing relationship between ASU and the San Angelo business community. Corporate chairs, CEOs and CFOs of companies like Time Warner, Dalcor, USAA and even professional sports teams visit the ASU campus for formal lectures on timely and appropriate business topics.

    Many of the speakers have been ASU graduates whose successful business careers serve as successful role models for students and whose entrepreneurial experience offers practical ideas and solutions to the management problems of today. Annual funding from Wells Fargo Bank of San Angelo to the ASU College of Business has underwritten the lectureship since 1995.

    Featured Lecturers

    Featured Lecturers
    Year Lecturers
    2014 Liliana Salazar, Senior Vice President and Employee Benefits Compliance Practice Co-Leader, Wells Fargo Insurance
    2013 Liliana Salazar, Senior Vice President and Employee Benefits Compliance Practice Co-Leader, Wells Fargo Insurance
    2010 Alvin New, San Angelo mayor and former president and CEO of Town & Country Food Stores
    2008 Mark Low, founder and CEO, Juno Energy
    2007 Mark Homer, Owner, Homer Enterprises, Texas State Representative, District 3
    2006 M. Dale Dodson, CPA, Chief Executive Officer, Dalcor Companies
    2005 Kelby Hagar, Serial Entrepreneur and President and CEO, Digital Witness, LLC
    2004 Kevin Carroll, “Katalyst,” Special Projects Division, Nike
    2003 Michael H. (Mike) Millegan, Senior Vice President-Logistics, Verizon
    2002 Landel C. Hobbs, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Time Warner Cable
    2001 Patricia Diaz Dennis, Senior Vice President, Regulatory & Public Affairs, SBC Communications Inc.
    2000 Linda Alvarado, President, Alvarado Construction Inc., and Limited Partner, Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball Team
    1999 E.R. “Dick” Brooks, Chairman and CEO, Central and South West Corp.
    1998 Drayton McLane Jr., Chairman, McLane Group, L.P., Houston Astros Baseball Club, Astrodome USA
    1997 David Hirschfeld, Chairman and CEO, Hirschfeld Steel Co., Inc. and F.L. “Steve” Stephens, Chairman and CEO, Town & Country Food Stores, Inc.
    1996 Richard M. Kovacevich, Chairman and CEO, Norwest Corp.
    1995 Robert T. Herres, Chairman and CEO, USAA
  • ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton

    The ASU Writers Conference brings award-winning authors from all genres to campus to share their works and their creativity with the ASU community and the public. Featured speakers have included authors of many familiar novels, poems and plays, covering everything from war and social upheaval to history, ethnicity and baseball.

    The conference is held every year in honor of the late Elmer Kelton, who wrote more than 40 books, including “The Time it Never Rained,” “The Man Who Rode Midnight” and “The Good Old Boys.” He was a seven-time winner of the Western Writers of America’s (WWA) Spur Award, and the WWA named him the “all-time best Western author.” Additionally, local and regional writers are invited to showcase their works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and prose. The event is hosted by the ASU Department of English and Modern Languages and sponsored by the university with support from the ASU Alumni Association, the College of Arts and Humanities and Guy and Eva Choate.

    Featured Writers

    Featured Writers
    Year Writer Bio

    Brian Turner, poet and memoirist; director of the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program at Sierra Nevada College and author of “My Life as a Foreign Country,” “Phantom Noise” and “Here, Bullet.”


    Anne Hillerman, journalist, newspaper editor and best-selling author of three novels in the Joe Leaphorn Navajo Mysteries series; winner of the New Mexico Book Award, Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and Western Writers of America Spur Award; Co-founder and director of the Santa Fe-based WORDHARVEST Writers Workshop and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference


    Craig Johnson, award-winning author of 12 novels in the Walk Longmire mystery series and the inspiration for the A&E/Netflix TV series “Longmire,” winner of the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year Award, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Award and Library Journal Best Mystery of the Year Award

    2015 Dan Chaon, Delaney Associate Professor of Creative Writing and co-director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College in Ohio, author of three short story collections and two novels, winner of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. 
    2014 Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate of California and author of 29 books of poetry, prose, plays, children’s stories and young adult novels, including Half of the World in Light, which won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and his bilingual memoir, Calling The Doves/El Canto De Las Palomas, which won the Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL) Award and Ezra Jack Keats Award
    2013 Cristina García, author of “Lesser Tragedy of Death,” “The Lady Matador’s Hotel,” “A Handbook to Luck” and others. Winner of Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Writer’s Award, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant
    2012 Leslie Marmon Silko, One of the great masters of Native American Literature. Winner of the Native Writers’s Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. Author of “The Turqoise Ledge: A Memoir,” “After a Summer Rain in the Upper Sonoran,” “Almanac of the Dead” and “Ceremony.”
    2011 Art Spiegelman, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus 1: A Survivor’s Tale,” “Maus II: And Here My Troubles Begin,” “In the Shadow of No Towers,” “Breakdowns: A Portrait of an Artist as a Young %@&*!”
    2010 Mary Karr, award-winning poet and author. Besides her New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Liar’s Club.” Kar also wrote sequels, “Cherry and Lit,” published in 2009. Her works include “Sinners Welcome,” “Viper Rum” and “The Devil’s Tour.”
    2009 Terrance Hayes, Award-winning poet and author of “Wind in a Box,” “Hip Logic” and “Muscular Music.”
    2008 Luis Valdez, author of “Zoot Suit,” “La Bamba,” “Cisco Kid” and “Corridos: Tales of Passion and Revolutions.”
    2007 Tobias Wolff, author of “This Boy’s Life,” “Old School, In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War” and “Barrack’s Thief.”
    2006 Tim O’Brien, author of “If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship me Home”; “The Things They Carried”; and “July, July.”
    2005 Gordon Weaver, author of “Count a Lonely Cadence,” “The Way We Know in Dreams” and “The Eight Corners of the World.”
    2004 Peter Hedges, author of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”
    2003 Naomi Shihab Nye, author of “19 Varieties of Gazelle,” “Fuel,” “Hugging the Jukebox,” “Red Suitcase” and “Words Under Words.”
    2002 Stephen Harrigan, author of “The Gates of the Alamo” and “Comanche Midnight.”
    2001 Reginald McKnight, author of “The Kind of Light that Shines on Texas” and “African American Wisdom.”
    2000 Denise Chavez, author of “The Last of the Menu Girls” and “Face of an Angel.”
    1999 W.P. Kinsella, author of “Shoeless Joe,” basis for the movie “Field of Dreams.”
    1998 Rudolfo Anaya, author of “Bless Me, Ultima.”
  • E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell, Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program

    The E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell, Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program is dedicated to providing ASU students with a broader worldview and exposing them to potential career opportunities in the Foreign Service. Participating ambassadors deliver a general presentation on self-selected topics to the ASU community and then over a two-day period meet with students in the classroom to share their diplomatic experiences.

    The program was organized by Dr. James Holland and initiated in the early 2000s with the assistance of Dr. Roy Harrell, who has provided continued assistance since, particularly in recruiting speakers through his contacts with the American Foreign Service Association and the Diplomatic and Counselor Officers Retired. Dr. Harrell established an endowment in 2008 to provide ongoing support for the program. The Holland-Harrell Foreign Affairs Speakers Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Communication and Mass Media, Department of Political Science and Philosophy, Department of History, Center for International Studies, Department of English and Modern Languages and the University Center Program Council.

    Holland-Harrell Speakers

    Holland-Harrell Speakers
    Year Speaker

    Dr. Jack Matlock, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and senior director for European and Soviet Affairs in the National Security Council


    Mark Feierstein, former special assistant to the president and senior director for western hemisphere affairs on the National Security Council


    James N. Purcell, Jr., chairman of the U.S. Association for International Migration, former assistant secretary of state of the State Department’s Bureau for Refugee Programs


    James A Larocco, former U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, former director general of the Multinational Force and Observers on the Sinai Peninsula, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs


    Robert Hunter, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO who is a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University


    Robert E. Gribbin, former U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda and Central African Republic

    2012 Molly Williamson, Middle East Institute Scholar
    2011 Ambassador Laurence Pope
    2010 Charles Ford, former U.S. Ambassador
    2009 David J. Firestein, Senior Advisor, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
    2008 Thomas Dodd, Former Ambassador to Costa Rica and Uruguay.
    2007 Edward Peck, Former Ambassador to Iraq and Mauritania.
    2006 Tibor P. Nagy Jr., Former Ambassador to Guinea and Ethiopia.
    2004 John W. Limbert, President, American Foreign Service Association, and Former Ambassador to Mauritania.
    2003 Michael Ely, Former Deputy Ambassador to the European Communities, Brussels.
  • Center for Security Studies Symposium

    Symposium Speakers

    Symposium Speakers
    Year Speaker


    Mark Tokola, vice president of the Korea Economic Institute
    Gen. John Tilelli, U.S. Army (retired)
    Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
    Dr. Bruce Bechtol, ASU professor of political science


    Troy Stangarone, senior director of congressional affairs and trade, Korea Economic Institute
    Gen. Chun In-Bum, Republic of Korea Army (retired), and visiting fellow, Brookings Institute
    Dr. Dlynn Armstrong-Williams, chair of the Political Science and International Affairs Department, University of North Georgia
    Dr. Bruce Bechtol, ASU professor of political science


    Mark Tokola, vice president of the Korea Economic Institute
    Dr. Tara O, Asia policy specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and board member of the International Council on Korean Studies
    Gordan Chang, columnist for Forbes Magazine
    Sung-min Cho, Department of Government, Georgetown University


    Dr. Richard C. Bush III, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and director of its Center for East Asia Policy Studies
    Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
    David S. Maxwell, associate director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University

    2011 Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General and visiting professor at Texas Tech University
    2010 Michael D. Phillips, military assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the Balkans during the armed conflict between Serbs and Kosovars in the early 1990s

Inactive Lectureships

  • AEP Distinguished Faculty in Residence Program

    The AEP Distinguished Faculty in Residence Program brings to campus for extended stays authorities in a variety of fields. AEP Professors in Residence have included an Academy Award-winning actor, an award-winning author, a CEO, a classical recording artist, a world-renowned physicist, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and a Russian professor of English linguistics.

    These experts in their respective fields teach classes, conduct workshops and spend informal time with students and faculty over the course of a semester. In addition to serving as role models to students, the AEP Professors serve as resources for ASU faculty by sharing their first-hand experiences and successes. The program was initiated in 1996 with funding assistance from AEP.

    AEP Faculty in Residence

    AEP Faculty in Residence
    Year Faculty
    2010 Dr. Mun Ga Kang, political science professor at Kyungnam University, South Korea
    2006 Igor Tolochin, Professor of English Linguistics, University of St. Petersburg, Russia.
    2004 Frederick Moyer, Classical Pianist and Recording Artist.
    2003 Dr. D. Stanley Eitzen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Colorado State University.
    2002 William W. “Bill” Maxwell, Nationally Syndicated Editorial Writer and Columnist, St. Petersburg Times.
    2001 E.R. “Dick” Brooks, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Central and South West Corporation.
    2000 Edward Rowell, former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Portugal and Bolivia.
    1998 Dr. Jay Davis, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, and World-renowned physicist.
    1997 Karl Malden, Academy Award-winning Actor of Screen, Stage and Television.
    1996 Elmer Kelton, Spur Award-winning Western Author.
  • International Business Symposium

    The International Business Symposium was established in 1997 as a forum for bringing internationally known scholars and business leaders to Angelo State University. The symposium is hosted by the Center for International Studies, the Small Business Development Center and the College of Business.

    The symposium was originally funded by the first Title VIB International Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the ASU College of Business. Subsequent sponsorship was provided by Aetna Financial, now known as ING Financial Advisers, LLC, and Gary Rodgers, CFP, CPA, ChFC.

    Symposium Speakers

    Symposium Speakers
    Year Speakers
    2011 Chris Whatley, Angelo State University alum and office director of the Council of State Governments (CSG) in Washington, D.C.
    2010 Dr. Masaaki Kotabe, holder of the Washburn Chair in International Business and Marketing at Temple University
    2009 Dr. Eugenio J. Alemán, Senior Economist and Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank.
    2008 Dr. Pietra Rivoli, Professor of Finance and International Economics, Georgetown University, and Dr. Antonio Rios Ramirez, Dean of Graduate Research and Development, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Chihuahua, Mexico.
    2006 Dr. William C. Gruben, Director, Center for Latin American Economics, and Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
    2005 Margaret Hanson-Muse, Senior Commercial Office, U.S. Embassy, Lima, Peru.
    2003 Ian Browde, Vice President of Development, Nokia.
    2002 Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, Founder of Smoke Free Kids Foundation and subject of the movie “The Insider.”
    2001 Paul Solman, business and economics correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.
    2000 Floyd Nickerson, Vice President of Central Southwest Energy.
    1999 David Galloway, Senior Principal with the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium.
    1998 Dr. Massaki Kotabe, Washburn Chair and Professor of International Business and Marketing, Fox School of Business, Temple University.
    1997 Eva Kraus, author of Cross-Cultural Issues.
  • Community Lectureship in the Humanities

    National security, foreign policy, the ramifications of 9/11, environmental issues, Mexican-American history, Russian reforms, deficit reduction and the news media are just some of the topics that have been addressed at ASU’s Community Lectureship in the Humanities. Speakers have included award-winning authors, presidential cabinet members, foreign heads-of-state, high-ranking military officials, historians, TV journalists and poet laureates.

    The event was established in 1988 by San Angelo Community Medical Center. The San Angelo Health Foundation has provided funding assistance since its inception.

    Featured Lecturers

    Featured Lecturers
    Year Lecturer
    2008 Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times Op-Ed page
    2007 James D. “Denny” Shelton, former Chairman and CEO, Triad Hospitals Inc.
    2006 Catherine Crier, TV Journalist, “Catherine Crier Live,” Court TV.
    2005 Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State.
    2004 Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies, United States Military Academy; former Army Commander; and National Drug Policy Director.
    2002 James A. Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of State, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and former White House Chief of Staff.
    2001 Rick Bass, Nature Writer and Environmentalist.
    2000 Dr. Ramon Eduardo Ruiz, Pre-eminent Historian on Mexico.
    1999 Sergei N. Khrushchev, Authority on Russian Economics and Political Reform and son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
    1998 Warren Rudman, former U.S. Senator and Co-Author of the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Deficit Reduction Bill.
    1997 John Wheat, Sound Archivist, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
    1996 Lloyd M. Bentsen, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Treasury.
    1995 Shelby Foote, Civil War Historian and Author of the three-volume The Civil War: A Narrative.
    1994 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister, 1979-90.
    1993 James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress.
    1992 Elspeth Rostow, Political Analyst, Author, Educator, Chairman of the Board, U.S. Institute of Peace, and Stiles Professor Emerita in American Studies, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas.
    1991 Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Lonesome Dove.
    1990 Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate Emeritus of the United States.
    1989 Dr. Robert Legvold, Director, W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University.
    1988 Robert Norman William Blake, Baron Blake of Braydeston, British historian.
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