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The Foley Institute Distinguished Lecture Series



The Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Lecture Series is committed to spreading powerful ideas. Its purpose is to broaden the educational experience of WSU students and the surrounding community by bringing engaging and influential opinion leaders to campus in encourage thought-provoking discussions and ideas.


Most Recent Event

Monday, April 9th | 4:30 p.m. | CUE 203

U.S. nuclear weapons: What are they good for?

   General Kevin Chilton, (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), who spoke about America’s nuclear deterrence capabilities. Recalling that there has not been a major war since nuclear bombs were dropped on Japan at the end of the Second World War, Chilton made a forceful case for the need to maintain and improve the arsenal of nuclear weapons in the United States. He suggested that it was important keep pace with potential enemies in the world, given the increasing proliferation of nuclear arms despite numerous treaties.

Chilton went on to say that the best approach for an army is not to fight a war, but to prevent one from taking place, and that failing to do so could easily lead to the end of our country and way of life as we know it.


Thursday, March. 29| 5:00 | CUB Auditorium
 Howard Gillman is chancellor of the University of California Irvine. His most recent book (with Erwin Chemerinsky) is Free Speech on Campus, which offers some perspective around what colleges can and cannot do when dealing with free speech controversies. View more.



Criminal Justice Reform: Can scientific research help us? 

Nancy Rodriguez serves as director of the National Institute of Justice and returned to WSU, her alma mater, to speak at the Foley Institute. This Distinguished Lecture Series addressed police brutality and the future of criminal justice. View More


Previous speakers have included

Nick HanauerNic Hanauer

SONY DSCChristopher Hitchens

MfumeKweisi Mfume

SONY DSCMorris Fiorina

Sonia NazarioSonia Nazario

HedgesChris Hedges

John Ashcroft John Ashcroft

Howard DeanHoward Dean

Nicholas KristofNicholas Kristof

Jesse Ventura speaking behind podiumJesse Ventura

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