Upcoming NAS Speaking Engagements

National Association of Scholars

One of our goals at NAS is to share our ideals and research with as a wide an audience as possible. Sometimes that involves speaking at public events or conferences alongside others that may or may not agree with our mission. Sometimes we are invited to closed-door dialogues or working sessions that host people with various viewpoints. We believe it is extremely important to show up whenever we can to engage in civil debate and present intelligent arguments for our positions. In a day and age where there is an expanding progressive movement to silence those with different opinions, it is even more vital to demonstrate that a variety of opinions exist, as well as to model the kind of civil engagement we support and promote.

Listed below are some of the upcoming speaking engagements for the NAS staff.


Beginning fall 2017, Auburn University will welcome distinguished scholars, journalists, and thought leaders to campus as part of the “Critical Conversations” speaker series to share diverse perspectives and ideologies on topics such as inclusion, intellectual diversity, and free speech in higher education.

The campus community is invited to participate in these events and is encouraged to continue the dialogue. Presented by the Auburn University Office of the Provost and Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Events are free and open to the public. #AUConvos


American higher education is in turmoil like never before. Student debt is at an all-time high, casting doubt on the value of a college education. The liberal arts are imperiled. Serious campus debate and free speech are threatened by politicization. An “anything goes” morality is the norm on many campuses. 

Against this backdrop, the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville will host a two-day conference, “The State of American Higher Education,” to be held at Franciscan University April 6-7, 2018.

“Leading scholars will address how the integrity of the American university can be restored and discuss these issues in depth, many of which have substantial implications in the broader culture,” said Dr. Stephen Krason, associate director of the Veritas Center and a political science professor at Franciscan University. 

Twelve presenters will confront leading issues facing secular, religious, private, and state institutions. “Some speakers will build a case for religiously-affiliated institutions—those serious about their religious identity—to lead the way in renewing the American university,” said Krason.



  • Exploring Civic Learning as a Pathway to Equity and Opportunity - Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Invitation-Only Working Session

At the invitation of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and National Conference on Citizenship, David Randall will continue the conversation he began with Henry Boyte at Education Week on our report Making Citizens



Join NAS for our next regional conference at Grove City College in Grove City, PA on August 10-11. You do not need to be a member to attend, but if you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at our membership page for more information about how to join, and the benefits of being a member. Mark your calendars, and keep an eye out for more details, including registration details. 


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