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.

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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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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. 

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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.