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The Andrus Lecture

An Annual FREE forum for thoughtful and timely consideration of public affairs

2017/18 –  Steven Barnett

Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research

We revisit and reevaluate the state’s conversation about early learning, with the Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, Professor Steven Barnett. His research includes studies of the economics of early care and education including costs and benefits, the long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s learning and development, and the distribution of educational opportunities. Our goal is to facilitate a nonpartisan dialogue that engages many voices on the subject of early learning opportunities, whether these children are cared for at home or in another setting.

2016 –  Jon Jarvis

National Park Service Director

Jarvis Presented the 2016 Andrus lecture, “Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks.” He spoke about the history of the parks – from the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872 to our current system, which includes 300-plus areas – as well as his past experiences and the future of national parks. The lecture was followed by a moderated Q&A session.

2014 – Charlie Savage

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage delivered the 2014 Andrus Lecture, speaking on “National Security and Freedom of the Press” on March 18.  Savage is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times. His work on presidential power and other legal policy matters has been widely recognized and his articles in the Boston Globe received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. The Andrus Lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

2013 – Louis Fisher

Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project

Louis Fisher, a renowned constitutional scholar, delivered the 2013 annual Andrus Lecture on November 6. Fisher, the nation’s most prolific scholar on the Constitution over the past forty years, focused his remarks on “Presidential War Making and the Constitution” and was followed by an engaging Q&A session and book signing. The Andrus Lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

2012 – Tim Egan

National Book Award winner and New York Times journalist

Tim Egan presented the first address in 2012. Egan’s talk dealt with the state of American politics in the wake of the 2012 elections, and he discussed his book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.