Past Events Archives


Center for Presidential History at SMU Event: In partnership with WACDFW

2019 Grant Thornton Winter Social

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Life Undercover

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Amaryllis Fox, Former CIA Officer; Co-host, American Ripper

Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Timothy Andrews Sayle, University of Toronto


With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace

Friday, November 22, 2019
Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-2018); Governor, South Carolina (2011-2017)
Moderated by Dina Powell

Slovakia: 30 Years Since the Velvet Revolution

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
His Excellency Ivan KorĨok, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States

Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - Fort Worth
S.C. Gwynne, Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times best-selling author of six book

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir

Monday, November 18, 2019
Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)

Council Conversations: Arm Sales 101- TBD

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Julie Goodman, Founder & CEO, Goodman Global Consulting, LLC
Steve Mathias, Vice President of Military Sales & Strategy, Bell
John Ward, (retired) Vice President, International Business Development, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

The Korean War’s Greatest Battle

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Hampton Sides, Award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on his Trial, Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers

One Day University

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Caroline Winterer, Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University
Jeffrey Engel, Founding Director, Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University
Marc Lapadula, Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program, Yale University

Across the Pond, In the Field: Dallas, TX

Monday, November 4, 2019
Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the U.S.
Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, Portuguese Ambassador to the United States
Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security

2019 H. Neil Mallon Award Dinner

Friday, November 1, 2019
Honoree: Michael S. Rawlings, 61st Mayor of Dallas
Speaker: Skip Hollandsworth
Presenting Sponsor: The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Video Sponsor: Texas Capital Bank
Patrons’ Reception Sponsor: PwC
Valet Sponsor: Mercado369
Main Reception Sponsor: EarthX


Seventh Flag

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Sid Balman, Pulitzer-Nominated National Security Correspondent

Information Wars: The Global Battle Against Disinformation

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2013-2016)

Silver, Sword & Stone: A History of Latin America

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Marie Arana, Director, National Book Festival & Writer at Large, Washington Post

The Last Card in the Deck: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Reflections on a Career in Diplomacy

Monday, October 21, 2019
Scott Smith, Diplomat in Residence – Rocky Mountains, U.S. Department of State

Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Brigadier General Robert Spalding (ret.), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

The Battle of Mosul

Thursday, October 10, 2019
James Verini, Contributing Writer at The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic

Four Hours of Fury

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
James Fenelon, Author and Contributor, World War II

October Member Meet-up

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The FBI Today

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Josh Campbell, CNN Analyst; Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI & Special Assistant to FBI Director James Comey


The Sky’s No Limit

Friday, September 27, 2019
Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Commander, Pacific Air Forces

Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Matthew Avery Sutton, Washington State University

Mel Kusin Annual National Security Lecture - The Senkaku Paradox: War Over Small States

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Brookings Institution

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

Friday, September 20, 2019
General Jim Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense

Declassified: Secret Literature & Intelligence Briefings

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Lea Carpenter, Contributing Editor, Esquire; Writer of the screenplay for Mile 2
In conversation with Jay Fielden, former Editor in Chief of Esquire

Breaking Protocol

Monday, September 16, 2019
Bob Satawake, Author & Former Diplomat

Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Alex Counts, Founder, Grameen Foundation

The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Susan Page , USA Today

September Member Meet-up at Souk

Thursday, September 5, 2019

EarthX: The World’s Leading Sustainability Forum

September 4, 2019
Trammell Crow, EarthX Founder


Senator Ted Cruz

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 12:00 PM Program & Luncheon

Safe Houses: A Novel

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Dan Fesperman, Former reporter and author of several thrillers


For the Good of the Game

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - Fort Worth
Bud Selig, Ninth Commissioner of Baseball

For the Good of the Game

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Bud Selig, Ninth Commissioner of Baseball


Moscow Rules & the Master of Disguise

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Jonna Mendez, Former Chief of Disguise, CIA
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Georgia’s Success Story: A Land of Opportunity Where East Meets West

Friday, June 14, 2019
His Excellency Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister, Georgia

One Day University: America 2019: Where are We Now? (And Where are We Going?)

Saturday, June 8, 2019
William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Political Science Department, Brown University
Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, University of Texas at Austin


U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Paul Salem, President, Middle East Institute

Brexit and the Future of British Politics

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Madsen Pirie, President, Adam Smith Institute
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Salam Documentary Screening

Saturday, May 18, 2019
DFW South Asian Film Festival

Global Tipping Points: Press & Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Katherine Brown, CEO, Global Ties U.S.

Global Security: Reinvented

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Press Pass: All Access to the White House Press Corp

Friday, May 3, 2019
Nancy Benac, White House News Editor, Associated Press
Major Garrett, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News

April 2019

Council Conversations: Trade Policy 101

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Matthew Rooney, Managing Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
Robert D. Manogue, Director of the Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, U.S. Department of State

The Second Mountain

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
David Brooks, Best-Selling Author & Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times

Leadership, the Art of Getting Things Done

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Allan Stam, Dean, Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
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Withdrawal: What Is Our Word Worth?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership, Global Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Listen »

American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Rice University, CNN Presidential Historian, and a Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair and Audubo
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March 2019

2019 International Educator of the Year Luncheon

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Love your Enemies: Civility in Uncivil Times
Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute
Listen »

First: Sandra Day O’Connor

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Evan Thomas, Journalist, Historian, and Author

Donald Trump: The Interrupter

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Corey R. Lewandowski, CEO, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors, LLC
David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United

Leading Through Change

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Brent Gleeson, Navy Seal Combat Veteran
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Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Fred Burton, Chief Security Officer, Stratfor

February 2019

Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Vice Chairman, Hills & Company; holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador

Impeachment: An American History

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Jon Meacham, Jeffrey Engel, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker

America's Abdication of Global Leadership

Tuesday, February 19, 201
Jim Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
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2019 IPS: U. S. Relations with its Neighbors: What do They Think of Us?

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Dr. Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Former Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.
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Fascism: A Warning

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Madeleine K. Albright, 64th U.S. Secretary of State; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group

January 2019


Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Alberto de la Peña, Partner, Co-chair - International Practice Group, Haynes and Boone, LLP
George Y. Gonzalez, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Edward M. Lebow, Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Larry B. Pascal, Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

Friday, January 25, 2019
Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development and Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Reflecting on Charles Krauthammer’s The Point of It All

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Daniel Krauthammer

2019 IPS: Iran & the Gulf: Is There an Achievable Balance?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Allen Keiswetter, Scholar, Middle East Institute

The Monk of Mokha

Friday, January 11, 2019
Dave Eggers, bestselling author
Mokhtar Alkanshali, Founder & CEO, Port of Mokha

Putin & Russia: America’s Most Dangerous Threat Today

Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Inaugural Mel Kusin National Security Lecture
Ambassador Michael McFaul, Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Towards an Enduring Peace: American-Style Higher Education in Iraq

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Dr. Bruce Ferguson, President, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
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To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth

Monday, October 7, 2019
Philip Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance, University of Virginia

CC Dinner with James Lindsay

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

Reflecting on Charles Krauthammer’s The Point of It All

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Daniel Krauthammer


Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
S.C. Gwynne, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and a New York Times Best-Selling Author
Global Forum Sponsor: Billingsley Company
Hosted by HKS


How to Catch a Spy

Thursday, August, 29, 2019
Jim Olson, Former Chief of CIA Counterintelligence


Global Forum: AMLO’s First 100 Days

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Honorable Antonio Garza


A Global Forum Member Tour of the Berthe Morisot Woman Impressionist Exhibit

Monday, March 25, 2019


The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

Monday, February 25, 2019
Dr. Charlie Edel, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

Walking with Destiny

Monday, February 18, 2019
Andrew Roberts, author and historian


Reflecting on Charles Krauthammer’s The Point of It All

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Daniel Krauthammer

Protecting the Top: Lessons from a Life in Diplomatic Security

Friday, February 15, 2019Steven Antoine, Director, Global Assets Protection, Yum! Brands

Chinese New Year Social

Thursday, January 31, 2018


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