2018-2019 Speaker Series: The United States in the World
The Meador Center Speaker Series hosts active voices in America's political landscape, representing views from both the left and the right. The Center's theme this year is The United States in the World. We will delve into this critical moment in American political history, where we as a nation are contemplating what America's role in the world is, will be and should be in the future.
The series is free and open to the public.
U.S.-Israel Relations in the Obama and Trump Years
Presentation by Ambassador Daniel Shapiro
Monday, February 4
6 p.m., Lay Hall Auditorium
Drawing on his eight years serving in the Obama Administration, and his current vantage point from Israel on the Trump Administration, Ambassador Shapiro reviews highs and lows, busts some myths, and gives a behind-the-scenes account of Israeli-Palestinian talks, the fight over the Iran deal, and the many successes in U.S.-Israel relations. He analyzes prospects for future bilateral cooperation, regional peace and security initiatives, and some continued dissonance between these two close allies in the next few years.
Daniel Shapiro was named Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies in March 2017, following a diverse career of over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government.
He was appointed by President Barack Obama to be United States Ambassador to Israel, a position he held from July 2011 until the end of the Obama Administration. He won praise from leaders of both countries for his deft management of the U.S.-Israel relationship during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Iran nuclear agreement, regional instability, and periods of significant bilateral tension and disagreement. Among his major contributions were negotiating the $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding for U.S. military aid to Israel, unprecedented public outreach in fluent Hebrew to Israel’s diverse communities, and 40 percent growth in U.S.-Israel trade.
Shapiro previously served as Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council, in which he served as a member of Special Envoy George Mitchell’s team, led U.S. diplomatic efforts in Syria and Lebanon, and advised President Obama through the early months of the upheavals in Arab states in 2011. He previously served in numerous senior advisory positions in the U.S. Congress, including with Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.
Medicare for All Town Hall Presentation and panel discussion
Presentation by Wendell Potter
Thursday, September 20
12:30 p.m., Lay Hall
President of the Business Initiative for Health Policy; investigative journalist, author, and former insurance company executive Potter first came to national attention when he testified in Congress about the damage caused by the misinformation campaigns he helped create as VP of Communication for Cigna before he left Cigna and became an advocate for Medicare for All.
Founder of the independent investigative journalism group Tarbell.org and author of Deadly Spin and Nation on the Take, Potter will share his insider’s perspective on the state of American healthcare and how we can improve and expand Medicare for us all.
Introduction by Ed Weisbart MD, chair of the MO chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. Hosted by the Breech School of Business Administration, and the MO chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
The President's Book of Secrets: The Inside Story of Top Secret Intelligence and the Presidents Who Received It
Dr. David Priess
Thursday, September 20
5:30 p.m., Lay Hall
Dr. Priess served during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence officer and at the State Department as a desk officer. During the Bush administration, he was one of the few officers selected to personally deliver the President’s Daily Brief to some of the few senior policy officials allowed to see it.
Dr. Priess obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and has taught international relations classes at Duke, George Washington University and George Mason University. His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Politico, The Cipher Brief, Houston Chronicle and Security Studies. He is a a sought-after speaker and media expert on the presidency and national security affairs. He has presented in venues ranging from briefing rooms at the White House, Pentagon, and State Department to packed auditoriums across the country to major broadcasters including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, and the BBC.
Path to a Profession: Pre-Law Studies at Drury
Dr. Dan Ponder on KSMU
Meador Center Director Dr. Dan Ponder discusses the history of the center, as well as the many scholarships and services it provides for students and the local community on KSMU Radio.
The Department of Political Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Drury University are proud to announce the establishment of the L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship, supported by the Meador Endowment. Founded in 2015 by the endowment in honor of Professor L.E. Meador, the Drury University Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship is dedicated to the academic inquiry of politics and citizenship in the modern world. The work of the Meador Center is to inspire and engage Drury University students and faculty to work toward that "more democratic and more hopeful world" of which Professor Meador spoke.
The L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship also seeks to connect the community of scholars at Drury University with the city, state, national, and global communities which Drury and its scholars inhabit. The Center is engaged in a variety of educational and civic programs, such as hosting scholars in residence, supporting student grants for study away (for example, with the Washington Center), study abroad, and community engagement.