Johnson Lecture Series

A collaborative effort with the Office of the Dean, the H.B. Johnson, Jr. ‘26 Distinguished Lecture Series attracts speakers who address key themes from international and cultural perspectives, including contemporary foreign and domestic issues, leadership, moral-ethical questions, and civic responsibilities. 

2016-17 Guests

With the upcoming anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the theme for this academic year’s H.B. Johnson Distinguished Speaker events is Strategic Leadership. These speaker presentations are free and open to the public.  Seating is limited; please arrive early.  Check back for regular updates regarding times and locations of these presentations. 

The Convocation speech and first H.B. Johnson Distinguished Speaker event by Robert Kaplan presented one point of view of geopolitics and the role of geography and history on the development and international relations. You may access the video recording with captions here:

The second H.B. Johnson Distinguished Speaker is Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who is the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and author of Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.  McMaster will deliver his address ‘Developing the Next Marshall:  Trends in Future Strategic Leadership to 2040’ at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in the Gillis Theater of Marshall Hall.  His address is a featured plenary session during our annual leadership and ethics conference; this year titled ‘Strategic Leadership in Times of Global Transition.’ 

Daniel Rodriquez is the last speaker in the H.B. Johnson series. He is a combat veteran and a walk-on football player at Clemson. He is also the author of the book Rise: A Solider, a Dream, and a Promise Kept. His talk is scheduled for March 2, 2017.  His speech is titled ‘Goal Setting:  Achieving Your Goals.’

Previous Speakers

  • Kirsten Powers "Free Speech on College Campuses." 
  • Ray Kelly "A Conversation with Ray Kelly on his Memoir: Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting its Empire City." 
  • Retired Four-Star General Keith Alexander  "Ethical Dilemmas Facing Leaders in American National Security."
  • Retired Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman "The Bulletproof Mind: Psychological Preparations for Combat."
  • Edward Ayers, Ph.D. "The Shape of the Civil War"
  • Nina Totenberg "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You."
  • Mr. Edward Viesturs "No Shortcuts to the Top."
  • Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northan