36 episodes

The McConnell Center Podcast offers thought-provoking conversations with authors, scholars, leaders in the U.S. military, and political professionals focusing on leadership, literature, history, education, politics and life.

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The McConnell Center Podcast offers thought-provoking conversations with authors, scholars, leaders in the U.S. military, and political professionals focusing on leadership, literature, history, education, politics and life.

    The U.S. Army and the Making of America with Dr. Robert Wooster

    The U.S. Army and the Making of America with Dr. Robert Wooster

    Dr. Robert Wooster, recently retired Regents Professor of History at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, joins McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg to discuss his latest book, The United States Army and the Making of America: From Confederation to Empire, 1775–1903. The two discuss the role of the United States Army in American history, the Army's purpose beyond fighting wars, and the meaning of "empire."
    Important Links Robert Wooster, The United States Army and the Making of America: From Confederation to Empire, 1775–1903. Stay Connected Visit us at McConnellcenter.org Subscribe to our newsletter  Facebook: @mcconnellcenter Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Views expressed in this show are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the McConnell Center.

    • 28 min
    The Power of Giving Away Power with Ambassador Matthew Barzun

    The Power of Giving Away Power with Ambassador Matthew Barzun

    Ambassador Matthew Barzun, owner and publisher of Louisville Magazine and former US ambassador to Sweden and the United Kingdom, joins McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg to discuss his latest book, The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go. The two explore the fascinating differences between Pyramid and Constellation Leadership styles, Ambassador Barzun’s own leadership experience, and the original leadership guru—Mary Parker Follett.
    Important Links Matthew Barzun, The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go. Follow Ambassador Barzun’s work at his author page, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2191667/matthew-barzun/. Stay Connected Visit us at McConnellcenter.org Subscribe to our newsletter  Facebook: @mcconnellcenter Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Views expressed in this show are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the McConnell Center.

    • 38 min
    War, Propaganda, and the Domestic Fate of US Militarism with Dr. Abigail R. Hall

    War, Propaganda, and the Domestic Fate of US Militarism with Dr. Abigail R. Hall

    Dr. Abigail R. Hall, associate professor of economics at Bellarmine University, joins McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg to discuss her two most recent books, Manufacturing Militarism and Tyranny Comes Home. The two explore how overseas wars and foreign policy affect the domestic policy of the United States and create a culture of militarism.
    Important Links Abigail Hall, Manufacturing Militarism: US Government Propaganda in the War on Terror Abigail Hall, Tyranny Comes Home: The Domestic Fate of US Militarism Follow Dr. Hall's work at her website, https://www.abigailrhall.com/. Stay Connected Visit us at McConnellcenter.org Subscribe to our newsletter  Facebook: @mcconnellcenter Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Views expressed in this show are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the McConnell Center.

    • 37 min
    Hidden Security Dangers in the American Industrial Agriculture System with COL Chris Luke

    Hidden Security Dangers in the American Industrial Agriculture System with COL Chris Luke

    COL Chris Luke, G3 at the United States Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, joins McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg to discuss the instability in the U.S. military food supply chain and general problems with the American industrial agricultural system. COL Luke served as the McConnell Center’s Army War College Fellow during the 2020-2021 academic year.
    Important Links Read COL Luke’s paper in full at Homeland Security Today. To learn more about the McConnell Center’s Army War College Fellow program and view previous fellows, click here. Stay Connected Visit us at McConnellcenter.org Subscribe to our newsletter  Facebook: @mcconnellcenter Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Views expressed in this show are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the McConnell Center.

    • 31 min
    The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers with Eric Weiner

    The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers with Eric Weiner

    McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg is joined by New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner to discuss his recent book, The Socrates Express. The two highlight a few of the 14 philosophers included in the book and have a lively conversation about the relationship between contemplation and travel.
    Note: This episode was recorded via phone in 2020.
    Key Links Follow Eric Weiner's work at https://ericweinerbooks.com Eric Weiner, The Socrates Express Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss Stay Connected Visit us at McConnellcenter.org Subscribe to our newsletter  Facebook: @mcconnellcenter Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Views expressed in this show are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the McConnell Center.

    • 30 min
    Marcus Aurelius's Meditations with Dr. N. Susan Laehn & Dr. Gary Gregg

    Marcus Aurelius's Meditations with Dr. N. Susan Laehn & Dr. Gary Gregg

    McConnell Center Director Dr. Gary Gregg and Iowa State University Professor Dr. N. Susan Laehn join Connor Tracy, podcast editor and producer, to discuss the McConnell Center’s publication of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. This new edition features a thematic index, blank pages for readers' own meditations and insights, and an innovative numbering system to make lessons easier to track and reference when they are needed. This episode gives listeners background on the importance of the book, an in-depth look at the unique features of this edition, and insights Dr. Gregg and Dr. Laehn gained from working with the text.
    About Our Guest Dr. N. Susan Laehn is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and a Non-Resident Fellow at the McConnell Center. She also currently assists with online education at the University of Louisville and Lone Star College. She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds, and she held teaching posts at University College London. She is co-editor of Welcoming the Other: Student, Stranger, and Divine, and she has published in Social Science Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly. Her teaching and research interests include ancient and modern political theory, ethics and politics, applied political theory, and American government.
    Key Links Learn more about the McConnell Center’s edition of Meditations at https://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/publications/meditations Purchase Meditations from https://www.butlerbooks.com/meditations.html Stay Connected Visit us at McConnellcenter.org Subscribe to our newsletter  Facebook: @mcconnellcenter Instagram: @ulmcenter  Twitter: @ULmCenter This podcast is a production of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville. Views expressed in this show are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the McConnell Center.

    • 31 min

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