Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos:
A Study of Western Civilization

Featuring Dr. Hans Mark, John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, former Secretary of the Air Force, former Deputy Administrator of NASA, and former Chancellor of The University of Texas System.

5:30pm Escondido Theatre, Student Union Building



Debate on Immigration Policy

Featuring Dr. Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University, and Dr. Herbert London, President Emeritus, Hudson Institute. Event co-sponsored with The Free Market Institute.

5:30pm CR 101, Rawls College of Business


Lectures are free and open to the public


Tocqueville as Prophet of Decline

Dr. Norma J. Thompson - Lecture March 11, 2014

Dr. Norma J. Thompson

Associate Director of the Whitney Humanities Center, Senior Lecturer in the Humanities, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Humanities Major, Yale University.

Nothing impressed Tocqueville more in America than that “marvelous combination” of the spirit of religion and the spirit of political freedom, the habits of absolute servitude demanded by Puritan authorities coexisting next to the relentless political independence of the typical New England town. Yet by his own diagnosis, such dichotomies were bound to disappear under the leveling force of popular opinion and the tyranny of the majority.

Dr. Thompson's lecture was held in the Escondido Theater at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, March 11, 2014.


Beauty and Classical Music in the Academy

Dan Asia - Lecture February 19, 2014

Dan Asia

Composer and Professor of Music, University of Arizona.

This lecture presents ideas on Beauty, their relationship to classical music, their presence or lack thereof in the academy; and the general state of classical music in the Academy. The composer also presents excerpts of his own music in regards to the aforementioned, with discussion of the listening process and the hearing of various musical parameters, including rhythm, melody, color, harmony, form, and others.

Dan Asia’s lecture was held in the Escondido Theatre at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, February 19, 2014.