Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series (Postponed)
This event has been postponed out of an abundance of caution in response to concerns about COVID-19. This event will be RESCHEDULED. All tickets and sponsorships will be honored for the future event, and we will keep you apprised of plans as they come together.
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this unique situation. For questions, please contact the Office of Special Events at (864) 503-5984.
You are invited
An Evening With
General Colin Powell
The 7th Annual Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series will feature retired four-star U.S. Army General and American statesman Colin L. Powell.
Gen. Colin Powell served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush. Prior to that role, he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, and was national security advisor for President Ronald Reagan.
March 19, 2020
G.B. Hodge Center
Tickets are $25. This is a General Admission event with no assigned seating.
A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available to USC Upstate students. Please visit Hodge 107 with your student ID to claim a ticket.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact University Advancement at 864-503-5234.
For general information, please contact Special Events at 864-503-5984.
About the Edmunds Distinguished Lecture Series
In its seventh year, the Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series is dedicated to bringing significant scholars and leaders in history, political science, philosophy and religion to the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Upstate community. Sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies at USC Upstate, the series has hosted Peggy Noonan, Rick Atkinson, David McCullough, Bob Woodward, Jon Meacham, and Retired Four-Star Admiral and 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Jim Stavridis.
Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr.
Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. served for 43 years as a professor of American history at the University of South Carolina Upstate. A Spartanburg native, Dr. Edmunds earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina, where he specialized in the history of the Palmetto State. In 1967, as the first professor hired by the University of South Carolina Upstate, Dr. Edmunds began a career distinguished by excellence as a teacher, a scholar, and an administrator. For more than four decades, Dr. Edmunds inspired Upstate students with his enthusiastic teaching.
Dr. Edmunds was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of South Carolina history, his deep affection for his native state, and his ability to convey his love for South Carolina to his students. He was the author of two books, “Francis W. Pickens and the Politics of Destruction” and “The Episcopal Church of the Advent: History and Records, 1848-1998,” as well as numerous articles on South Carolina.
About USC Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate is a regional comprehensive university offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and education. Located along the I-85 corridor in Spartanburg between Greenville and Charlotte, USC Upstate is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 1 among Top Public Schools. It serves as a major talent producer for the region, with more than 6,000 students, approximately 1,300 new graduates a year, and nearly 30,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in the state. The USC Upstate Spartans compete in 17 NCAA Division 1 sports as a member of the Big South Conference.
2019 Speaker: James Stavridis
Presentation topic: "Beyond the Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk"
James Stavridis is a retired four-star U.S. Navy Admiral who served as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO from 2009-2013. Following his military career, Stavridis spent five years as the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and earned the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership, along with more than 50 domestic and international medals and decorations. Stavridis has authored eight books and serves as a columnist for Time Magazine and chief international security analyst for NBC News.
2018 Speaker: Peggy Noonan
Presentation topic: "An Evening of Perspective"
Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of nine books on American politics, history, and culture. In 2008 the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes Magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.
2017 Speaker: Rick Atkinson
Presentation topic: "Ten Things Every American Should Know about World War II"
Atkinson is among the most celebrated historians of the Second World War, and his Liberation Trilogy — nearly 15 years in the making — has achieved both critical and popular success. It is what every American should know about the greatest epic of the 20th century. In this presentation, Atkinson shares amazing stories and lessons about WWII while discussing its seminal moments and how the war shaped our modern world, created an American heritage, and led to great social change (especially in gender and race relations), medical advancement, and more.
2016 Speaker: David McCullough
Presentation topic: "The Wright Brothers"
David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” “a matchless writer.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.
2015 Speaker: Bob Woodward
Presentation topic: "Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics"
Since 1971, Bob Woodward has worked for The Washington Post where he is currently an associate editor. He and Carl Bernstein were the main reporters on the Watergate scandal for which The Post won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward was the lead reporter for The Post's articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In 2004, Bob Schieffer of CBS News said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."
2014 Speaker: Jon Meacham
Presentation Topic: “The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency”
Jon Meacham is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American Lion and an executive editor at Random House, where he also runs The Conversation Online, a site devoted to current affairs and relevant books. Meacham is also an editor-at-large of WNET Public Media, New York’s PBS station, and the former editor of Newsweek. His most recent book, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, was published in November 2012.