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Featuring Jon Meacham

Featuring Jon Meacham2019-02-27T17:29:49+00:00

The 26th Annual
R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues presents

Jon Meacham

“The Soul of America: Moving Beyond Division and Hostility”

10 a.m., Thursday, September 26
Looney Complex Arena

Free and Open to the Public

Read Mr. Meacham’s Biography

John Meacham on “The Soul of America” 
Follow Mr. Meacham on Twitter: @jmeacham
Find out more about Mr. Meacham at jonmeacham.com

Jon Meacham

Convocation Luncheon

2019 Convocation Luncheon Registration coming soon!

For registration details and event information contact

Alicia Otto
aotto@missouriwestern.edu
816-271-5670

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About the R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues
Missouri Western inaugurated the R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues program in 1993, under the presidency of Dr. Janet Gorman Murphy. The program was started as part of an overall commitment to offer enriching experiences to students while bringing together the college and community. The Convocation is held in honor of R. Dan Boulware, former president of the Board of Regents.

Below is an excerpt from a talk at the inaugural Convocation by R. Dan Boulware, former Regent president, for whom the Convocation is named:

Today we start what we hope will become a tradition at Missouri Western State College. When students graduate from our college, if they have not been enlightened as to issues affecting our society and challenged to apply their skills and talents for the benefit of others, then somehow we will have missed the point of why they are here. If as faculty, administrators and educators, we do not strive to enhance our understanding of critical issues, we cannot properly educate our students and otherwise prepare and stimulate them to contribute to society. As citizens, if we do not deliberate upon the critical issues affecting our time, we cannot expect to understand them well enough to solve them.

These Convocations are intended to bring in learned and prominent national speakers to focus upon the critical issues of our time, stimulate thought and foster debate, to cause us to open our minds and consider for the moment, that which we may not have pondered and expand the horizons of our thought and knowledge. And in so doing, may we challenge one another to lift the educational process at this college to yet greater heights. Hopefully, these Convocations will become a focal point of our academic year for years to come and serve as a source of enlightenment to our entire community.

Drs. Laurel and Bob Vartabedian with 2018 Convocation speaker Chris Wallace

Drs. Laurel and Bob Vartabedian with 2018 Convocation speaker Chris Wallace

Platform Party at the R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues

Platform Party with Martin Luther King III

PAST SPEAKERS

1993 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

1994 Jeane Kirkpatrick

1995 Cancelled (Colin Powell)

1996 David McCullough

1997 Colin Powell

1998 Bill Bradley

1999 Jerry Linenger

2000 Patricia Schroeder

2001 Daniel Schorr

2002 Joseph Nye

2003 David Gergen

2004 Bob Woodward

2005 J C Watts

2006 Steve Forbes

2007 Sam Donaldson

2008 James Carville & Mary Matalin

2009 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

2010 Newt Gingrich

2011 Thomas Friedman

2012 T. Boone Pickens

2013 Doris Kearns Goodwin

2014 Douglas Brinkley

2015 Tom Ridge

2016 Cokie Roberts

2017 Martin Luther King III

2018 Chris Wallace