Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series

Truman Lecture Series

The Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series began in 1971 when former President Harry S. Truman gave his stamp of approval for Avila University (then Avila College) to offer a lecture series in his name. Later that year, the first Truman lecture was delivered by David E. Bell, vice president of the Ford Foundation and Truman’s first administrative executive.

2022 Truman Lecture

This is the 51st Anniversary of the Truman Lecture Series at Avila University!

The 2022 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture centers around the book This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. Based on the National Public Radio series, This I Believe features eighty essayists–from the famous to the unknown–completing the thought that begins the book’s title. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

Click here for more information on the book and the This I Believe project.

Event Details

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Featuring Buchanan Initiative for Peace & Nonviolence Activist-in-Residence, Mary Kinyanjui, Ph.D. as this year’s Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Kinyanjui’s lecture is titled “Personal Philosophies, Beliefs, and Values for the Margins.” Please join us in the Goppert Theatre.

2:30 p.m. – Panel discussion featuring the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

3:15 p.m. – Public reception in the lobby

4:00 p.m. – Lecture

Sponsored by:


Truman Distinguished Lecture Series

Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D., Professor
P: 816-501-2433 / E: sueellen.mccalley

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