2017-2018 Speaker Series: Politics, Activism, and Voice: A Toolbox for Democracy

The Meador Center Speaker Series host active voices in America's political landscape, representing views from both the left and the right. The Center's theme this year is Politics, Activism, and Voice: A Toolbox for Democracy, with speakers and events focused on empowering citizens to engage with government and civic life.

Upcoming Events

O Canada! Should the U.S. adopt a single-payer health insurance system? 

Monday, April 9
6:30 p.m., Clara Thompson Hall

Dr. Dan Ponder moderates a pro-con-style debate featuring two leading voices in health care policy. The debate kicks off a full week of activities associated with Drury's Breech Business Week. 

Speaking in favor of a single-payer system is Ed Weisbart, M.D., who chairs the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, which has more than 21,000 members nationwide. Weisbart is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published several articles over the years regarding the health care needs of the uninsured, and volunteers in a variety of safety net clinics and other nonprofits in the St. Louis area. He also recruits other physicians to practice at free clinics across the nation.

Speaking against a single-payer system is author and policy analyst John C. Goodman, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Independent Institutue. The Wall Street Journal calls Goodman “the father of Health Savings Accounts,” and his 1992 book Patient Power is credited with playing a pivotal role in the defeat of Hillary Clinton’s health reform efforts. Goodman is the author of nine books and regularly briefs members of Congress on economic policy. He also appears frequently on television including CNN, CNBC and Fox News, and was a regular on Firing Line with the late William F. Buckley.


Alexandra Cousteau: "How to be a Lifelong Explorer: Leadership Through the Lens of Exploration and Invention"

Monday, April 16
6 p.m., Clara Thompson Hall

A National Geographic "emerging explorer," filmmaker, and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau Sr. She has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics, and action. Cousteau is dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and the sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. Her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.

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"I had in mind my chief objective to impress upon my students the importance of solving the many perplexing problems and questions that they will meet in the society in which they live. They should take a constructive and active part in trying to bring about a more democratic and more hopeful world in which future generations can live."  -Professor L.E. Meador, upon the establishment of the Meador Endowment

Meador Center

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.