Texas Tech University

Summer 2019 Guest Lecturers 

“The Constitution and Religion as a Public Good”

Featuring Dr. Susan Hanssen, Professor of History at the University of Dallas. (Delivered in the Senate Room of the Texas Tech Student Union, on October 18th, 2019.)

Most discussions about the role of religion in the American Founding focus on the constitutional guarantees for religious freedom and the prohibition of an established church. Dr. Hanssen argues that this leaves out something equally important, the belief held by almost everyone at the time that a republic had to be virtuous in order to survive, and that virtue depended on religion. George Washington's notion of religion as a public good is examined as an illustration of this widespread conviction.

Steve Balch interviews Dr. Susan Hanssen of the University of Dallas about her experience teaching the Western and American traditions, as well as her research on Henry Adams.


All Fall 2018 Events

  • SEP 06


    Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley


    Academic Director and the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education of The Fund for American Studies

    "The Political Economy of Terrorism: Economic Freedom as the Counter-Measure"

  • SEP 13


    Dr. William B. Allen


    Emeritus, Dean and Professor, Michigan State University
    and current Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought and Policy, University of Colorado

    "Conscience: The Basis of Liberty, Character, and Civilization"
    The U.S. Constitution and American Civic Culture Lecture Series

Ryan Hackenbracht
TTU Assistant Professor, Department of English
"Holy Disobedience, Compulsory Liberty: Hobbes, Locke, and the Biblical Right to Be Bad"

Stacey Jocoy
TTU Associate Professor of Musicology, School of Music
"From Yankee Doodle Dandy to Hamilton: Music that Makes the Nation"

Erin Marie Legacey
TTU Assistant Professor, Department of History 
"The Dead and the Founding of the French Revolution"

Sydnor Roy
TTU Assistant Professor of Classics, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
"Lawgivers or Tyrants: Plutarch's Lives and the Contested Status of the 'Founding Fathers' in Revolutionary -era America" 

  • SEP 19


    Dr. Bruce Brasington


    Professor of History at West Texas A&M University

     "Lost Causes and Impossible Loyalties: An Apology for the Middle Ages"

  • OCT 04


    Dr. Jamsheed Choksy


    Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington

     The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program

  • OCT 15


    Ambassador Chase Untermeyer


    Former United States Ambassador to Qatar

     "Qatar: Maverick of the Middle East"

  • OCT 24


    Dr. Paul Hollander


    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    "Political Hero Worship: Intellectuals, Non-Intellectuals and the Problems of Modernity" 

  • NOV12


    Dr. Jay Winter


    Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University

    "The Second Great War, 1917-1923"
    The Shadow of the Great War Lecture Series

Dr. Jen Shelton
TTU Associate Professor, Department of English
Thursday, November 8th    

Dr. Richard Lutjens
TTU Assistant Professor, Department of History 
Wednesday, November 14th 

Dr. Allison Whitney
TTU Associate Professor, Department of English
Thursday, November 15th  

Dr. Michael Fredrick Rollin
TTU Instructor, Department of History
Tuesday, November 20th 

  • NOV27


    Dr. Bruce Gilley


    Professor of Political Science at Portland State University

    "The Case for Colonialism"