Meador Center Speaker Series

Politics, Activism, and Voice: A Toolbox for Democracy

The Meador Center Speaker Series kicks off with two of the most active voices in America's online 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.

More speakers in the 2017 series will be announced throughout the year. 


Sarah Kendzior

Tuesday, October 3
6 p.m., Lay Hall Auditorium

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Based out of St. Louis and with an anthropological background, Sarah Kendzior is the author of The View from Flyover Country. She is a highly sought speaker and commentator from the left. She is currently an op-ed columnist for the Toronto-based Globe and Mail, and has written for POLITICO, The Guardian, Slate, The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, The New York Times, and more. She is a frequent guest on NPR, Al Jazeera, BBC World Service and other outlets, and is a recurring guest on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” Kendzior holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Washington University. Her academic research focuses primarily on the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union and how the Internet affects political mobilization, self-expression, and trust.




Tom Nichols: How Social Media and Narcissism Are Destroying Democracy

Monday, October 30
6:30 p.m., Diversity Center 

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From the right, Tom Nichols is a professor and Course Director for Security, Strategy, and Forces at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. He is a former Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and taught international relations and Russian affairs at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University before joining the War College. He is the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security and Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War. His most recent book, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, was published this spring. Nichols is also a five-time undefeated “Jeopardy!” champion, and is listed in the show’s Hall of Fame. In October 2017, he was named to POLITICO's annual list of "50 Ideas Blowing Up American Politics - And the People Behind Them."