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The Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security

Founded in 2011, the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security is designed to create signature events at Wofford College. The goal of these events is to capture the attention of students and the public, and draw them into important conversations on applying American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future. The lecture series is made possible through the generous donations of Wofford alumnus Van D. Hipp Jr. '82, who is personally involved in the selection of each speaker, along with Dr. William DeMars and his committee of faculty colleagues.

All Hipp Lectures on International Affairs and National Security are designed to be ongoing learning experiences that stay with Wofford students and faculty long after the events are over. Once a speaker has been chosen, faculty in the Department of Government at Wofford research events related to the lecture the speaker will give, and readings, videos and small group discussions with the speaker are incorporated into the classroom in several departments. 

On-Campus Lectures and Events

 International Affairs Lecture  April 30, 2018- The youngest grandson of World War II's Gen. George S. Patton Jr., Mr. Ben Patton, and the great-great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mr. Kevin Chiucchini, spoke about their historic ancestors. View a video of the event here.
BenCarsonSpeakingatWofford December 2, 2015- Dr. Ben Carson, former Republican presidential candidate, spoke as part of the Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum series. The event was moderated by Van Hipp '82. View a video of the event here.
DonaldTrumpandVanHippatWofford November 20, 2015- President Donald Trump spoke as part of the Commander-in-Chief Presidential Forum series. The event was moderated by Van Hipp '82. 
Pataki December 1, 2014- George Pataki, former Governor of New York, spoke to the Wofford community about leading the state through the events of 9/11 and other events during his tenure as governor in a lecture titled "The Challenge of Leadership." View his lecture here
Aldrin March 4, 2014Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon and the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, spoke about his moon walk and other experiences in space, and his vision for the exploration of Mars. View his lecture here.
Reagan November 1, 2012-  Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan, spoke about his father's relationship with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in a lecture entitled "Reagan and Gorbachev: The Unlikely Friendship that Ended the Cold War."
Nixon May 3, 2012Edward C. Nixon, brother of late President Richard M. Nixon, spoke about retracing his brother's footsteps on the president's historic trip to China in 1972 and about the future of U.S.-China relations.
Debate November 12, 2011- Aired on CBS during the 2011 primary season, the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate brought 8 candidates to Wofford's campus for a 90 minute debate. The event was moderated by Scott Pelley from CBS and Major Garret from the National Journal. Learn more about the debate and see a video of the event here.

About Van D. Hipp Jr.

VanHippatGeraldFordMuseumVan D. Hipp Jr. is the founder of the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security. Hipp is a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and is now chairman of American Defense International Inc. in Washington, D.C. He serves on the board of directors of the American Conservative Union and on the National Capital Board of the Salvation Army. He is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army, where he oversaw the bulk of the mobilization for Operation Desert Storm. He appears regularly on major news networks including Fox News and CNN as an expert commentator.

Learn more about Van D. Hipp, Jr. '82.