Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs

Begun in 1977 and sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Sociology, the Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs was the first annual lecture series to be established at Murray State University.  It was named in honor of Mr. Harry Lee Waterfield, who grew up in Calloway County and graduated from Murray State University in the 1930’s.  Reared in poverty but determined to get an education and succeed, he distinguished himself in three careers: journalism, politics and insurance.  Mr. Waterfield was twice elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and later founded the Investors’ Heritage Life Insurance Company in Frankfort.  The purpose of the lecture series is to bring to campus distinguished individuals of significant accomplishment to speak on topics of historical and political importance.  Speakers have included Governors of Kentucky such as Louie Nunn, Paul Patton and Steve Beshear, United States Senators Richard Lugar, James Abourezk and Paul Simon, Professors Richard Fenno of the University of Rochester, Richard Neustadt of Harvard University and Alexander Heard of Vanderbilt University, and Judges Robert Stephens, Edward Johnstone, Joseph Lambert and Bill Cunningham.  

1977 Hon. Louis Nunn, Governor of Kentucky
1978 Hon. Richard Lugar, U. S. Senator, Indiana
1979 Dr. Gordon Tullock, Professor of Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1980 Hon. James Abourezk, U.S. Senator, South Dakota
1981 Hon. John LeBoutillier, U.S. House of Representatives, New York
1982 Hon. Richard Parker, U.S. Ambassador (ret.), Algeria, Lebanon & Morocco, University of Virginia
1983 Mr. James McIntyre, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Carter Administration
1984 Dr. Richard Fenno, Professor of Political Science, University Rochester
1985 Ms. Dorothy S. Ridings, President of the League of Women Voters
1986 Prof. Rennard Srickland, Dean, School of Law, Southern Illinois University
1987 Mr. H. Stuart Knight, Former Director, U.S. Secret Service
1989 Dr. Alexander Heard, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
1990 Dr. Richard Neustadt, Professor of Government, Harvard University
1991 Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Kentucky
1992 Hon. Robert F. Stephens, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Kentucky
1993 Prof. Paul Marcus, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary
1994 Dr. Diane Blair, Professor of Political Science, University of Arkansas
1995 Mr. Reuben Greenberg, Chief of Police, Charleston, South Carolina
1997 Hon. Edward H. Johnstone, U.S. District Judge (ret.), Western District of Kentucky
1998 Hon. Paul Simon, U.S. Senator (ret.), Illinois and Director of Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University
1999 Hon. Paul Patton, Governor of Kentucky
2000 Dr. John S. Jackson, III, Professor of Political Science & Interim Chancellor, Southern Illinois University
2001 Dr. Roderick R. Paige, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
2003 Dr. Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governmental Studies, The Brookings Institution
2004 Dr. John C. Green, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Akron
2005 Hon. Joseph E. Lambert, Chief Justice, Supreme court of Kentucky
2006 Dr. Thomas Layzell, President, Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education
2007 Hon. Bill Cunningham, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Kentucky
2008 Hon. Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky
2009 Prof. Roger Billings, Prof. of Law, Chase College of Law, NKU
2010 Dr. Constantine Curris, former president of Murray State University and current member of the Board of Regents
2011 Hon. Roger Vinson, Judge, United States District Court for the Western district of Florida
2012 William T. Robinson III, President, American Bar Association
2014 Dr. David Dunn, executive vice-president for health affairs at the University of Louisville
2015 Dr. John Vasquez, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2016 Dr. Jan E. Leighley, Professor of Government, American University
2017 Dr. Julia Lynch, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
2018 Dr. James E. Campbell, UB Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo
2019 Dr. Anna Guevarra, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
2021 Dr. Lauren Heidbrink, Associate Professor of Human Development, California State University-Long Beach

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