First lecture with Michael Steele set for Sept. 18
in Georges Auditorium
(New Orleans), LA – Conservative Republican, economic activist, award-winning ballet soloist, and noted civil rights attorney - Dillard University’s 2014 Brain Food Lecture Series promises to serve up a savory array of speakers guaranteed to feed the intellectual appetite of all who attend.
On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, Michael Steele, first African American Chairman of the Republican National Committee, will deliver the first lecture in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Steele is recognized as an African American conservative Republican and has achieved unprecedented success in the political arena. He made history in 2003 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and again in 2009 as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), a position he held until 2011. During his tenure as lieutenant governor, Steele worked to reform the state’s Minority Business Enterprise Program and chaired the Governor’s Commission on Quality Education.
As RNC Chairman, he led the party in record-setting fundraising and won more seats at the federal, state, and local levels since 1928. He is president and CEO of The Steele Group and co-founder of Purple Nation Solutions, a D.C.-based strategic communications and public affairs firm. Among other positions, Steele has served as Chairman of GOPAC, held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform.
Steele is a Political Analyst for MSNBC and has appeared as a contributor on a number of national broadcast media including Fox News and the Salem Radio Network’s Morning in America Show. He has also been a guest on cable talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
As an author and writer, Steele writes a regular column for The Root and BET, and has articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and The Journal of International Security Affairs, to name a few.
Released in 2010, his book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, focuses on denouncing overall policies of the current administration and offering conservative solutions.
Steele received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Oct. 14 – Maggie Anderson,
Author of Our Black Year and Founder of the Empowerment Experiment
Nov. 11 – Misty Copeland
Phenomenal ballet soloist with the American Ballet Theater
Author of Life in Motion
Dec. 2 – Revius Ortique Lecture on Law and Society – Benjamin Crump
Noted civil rights attorney; represented Trayvon Martin’s family and currently representing
family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
Jan. 26, 2015 – Jason L. Riley
Author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @BrainFood, visit www.dillard.edu/brainfood or call 504.816.4800.