Campus Life

UWF to present Jerry Maygarden Distinguished Lecturer, Alan Keyes

The University of West Florida College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Communication Arts will present the 2013 Jerry Maygarden Distinguished Lecturer, Alan Keyes on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The lecture, “The Crisis of America’s Liberty,” will be held in the Music Hall of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the main UWF campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Alan proudly served as a high-level diplomat during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, including time as ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and as assistant secretary of state for international organizations.  He also served on the staff of the National Security Council. President Reagan said of Keyes, “I’ve never known a more stout-hearted defender of a strong America…[He] did an extraordinary job in our administration…”

An in-demand speaker and commentator, Alan hosted The Alan Keyes Show: America’s Wake Up Call that was syndicated to radio stations across the nation.  In early 1997, the show began a simulcast on America’s Voice cable news channel. In 2002, he hosted Alan Keyes is Making Sense on cable’s MSNBC. Alan is also the author of two books: Masters of the Dream: The Strength and Betrayal of Black America (William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1994), and Our Character, Our Future (Zondervan, 1996). He is also a contributing author to Judicial Tyranny (Amerisearch, Inc., 2005). Since April 2008, Alan has worked with to build an effective vehicle for citizen-led grassroots political action.

Created by the Florida House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker John Thrasher, the Maygarden Lecture Series was established in 2000 in honor of House majority leader Jerry Maygarden for his service to the people of Florida.