An award-winning writer and former editor at National Geographic magazine and a former policy advisor to President Clinton are among the experts who will present at this year’s Marshall Center Lecture Series.

The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies hosts scholars to discuss the problems and prospects of leadership with special attention to constitutionalism, political economy, politics and ethical reasoning.

Lectures are free, open to the public and held in Weinstein Hall’s Brown-Alley Room at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required and opens three weeks prior to each event.

This year’s lecture series will begin Oct. 23 with Don Belt, award-winning writer and former senior editor of National Geographic magazine. His lecture is titled “Lawrence of Arabia: A Leader in Action.”

A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller professor of law and public affairs at the University of Virginia, will present “Magna Carta’s American Adventure” on Nov. 13.

Mary P. Nichols, professor of political science at Baylor University, will lecture on “Leaders and Leadership in Thucydides’ History” on March 18.

William A. Galston, former policy advisor to President Clinton and the Ezra K. Zilkha chair in the Brookings Institution’s governance studies program, will speak on “Inclusive Growth: Challenges to the Post-War Democratic Compact” on April 15.

James W. Ceaser, Harry F. Byrd professor of politics at the University of Virginia and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will discuss “The Promise and Peril of an Energetic Executive” on May 12.

To register or for more information, visit or call Shannon Best, community programs manager, at 804-287-6522.

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