Nominated Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities by President Obama, Jim Leach is best known as a 30-year member of the U.S. Congress (R-Iowa) where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Congressional Commission on China. Post-government service includes Interim Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Since September 2013, he has been University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs and visiting law professor.
Leach holds 13 honorary degrees, received decorations from two foreign governments, and is recipient of the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association, Norman Borlaug Public Service Award, and the Woodrow Wilson Medal from Princeton.
Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. Also, see the links below for more information on these suggested readings.
Our theme for the Civics Club 2014-2015 season is Civil Discourse in a Changing Society.
Are we, as a civilized society, becoming increasingly polarized, to the point of abandoning respectful discourse in favor of abrasive “win at all costs” tactics? Our distinguished keynote and public affairs speakers will address this important issue. As a member, you have an opportunity to question keynote speakers. You gain a new perspective as you become acquainted with fabulous members and guests seated at your table.
We guarantee that you will learn something new at each Madison Civics Club luncheon meeting. Join us. Rejoin us. Invite at least one other to join, as well. We look forward to seeing you as we experience another inspiring Madison Civics Club year.
If you are already a member of the Madison Civics Club, all the meetings are included in your membership fee.
Please join us for the 2014-2015 year! If you are interested in joining and are not already on our membership / mailing list, please send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a membership brochure and program information.
Parking at the Monona Terrace Convention Center is often very tight. If possible, please consider parking at a nearby ramp, carpooling with others, walking, biking, or using public transportation. If you drive, please build time into your schedule to find a parking place. And remember that the fee for parking is $5.
WYOU is now broadcasting and streaming their recording of our October luncheon with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Watch on-demand on your computer or check the WYOU broadcast schedule to watch on the cable television broadcast.