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. 


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 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. 

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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.