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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 Events


Tuesday October 8 | 4:30 pm | CUE 203

Authoritarianism and democracy in America

Steven Levitsky (Bestselling author of How Democracies Die)


Thursday, April 25 | 4:30 pm | 308 Bryan Hall

Foley distinguished lecture: Constitutional crisis, real and imagined

Keith Wittington (Award winning author and professor of politics at Princeton University)


Thursday, March 28 | 4:30 p.m. | CUB Auditorium

Public Lecture: The NCAA money race. Can it be stopped?

Andrew Zimbalist (Nationally renowned sports economist) 


Tuesday, February 19 | 4:30 p.m. | 308 Bryan Hall

Distinguished Lecture: The politics of carbon tax

Aseem Prakash (Director of the University of Washington’s Center for Environmental Politics)


Thursday, October 4 | 4:30 pm | CUB Junior Ballroom 

Public Lecture: Fantasyland 

Kurt Anderson (Best-selling Author of Fantasyland: How America went Haywire.)


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.)

Thursday, March 29| 5:00 | CUB Auditorium
Howard Gillman (University of California Irvine Chancellor)




Thursday, March 28| 4:00 | CUB Auditorium

Criminal Justice Reform: Can scientific research help us? 

Nancy Rodriguez (director of the National Institute of Justice)


Previous speakers have included

October 2, 2014| 2:00 | CUB Auditorium

$aving American Capitalism: Inequality in America

Nick HanauerNic Hanauer (venture capitalist)

October 2, 2009 | 2:00 | CUB Auditorium

Religion & Politics: The Place for Religion in Public Life

SONY DSCChristopher Hitchens (political commentator and writer)

April 15, 2009 | 7:00 | CUB Auditorium

Race, Class and Economic Recovery in Obama’s America


Kweisi Mfume ( activist, former Congressman, former head of the NAACP)





March 19, 2013 | 4:30 | 305 Bryan Hall

The Era of Political Instability

SONY DSCMorris Fiorina (Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University)




September 24, 2009 | 7:00 | CUB Auditorium

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

HedgesChris Hedges (journalist and author)

April 12, 2006 | 2:00 | WSU Vancouver

National Security and Civil Liberties in the 21st Century

John Ashcroft John Ashcroft (Former Attorney General)

March 28, 2005 | 2:00 | WSU Vancouver

3rd Annual Foley Spring Public Affairs Lecture

Howard DeanHoward Dean





October 29, 2004 | 8:00 | Beasley Coliseum

Jesse Ventura speaking behind podiumJesse Ventura (Former Governor of Minnesota)

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