The Richard W. Smith Lecture Series



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ph.D.
March 20, 2019


Indigenous People's History
of the United States


Steven J. Ross, Ph.D.
October 25, 2018


Hitler in Los Angeles:
How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots
Against Hollywood and America


Prof. Nick Keehus
Attorney Edward Tabash

April 18, 2018


Does God Exist: A Debate
Between a Christian Professor
and an Atheist Attorney


Erik M. Conway, Ph.D.
October 24, 2017


Merchants of Doubt:
Turning Americans Against
Science After the Cold War


Rachael Bernstein
April 26, 2017


Cults in America::
Who They Are,
How They Control Minds


Michael Shermer, Ph.D.
October 5, 2016


21st Century Ethics:
How Science, Reason, and
Empathy are Bringing a Kinder
and More Realistic Morality


Brian Levin, J.D.
March 28, 2016


Terrorism and Hate: Who
Commits Terrorism and Why


Phil Zuckerman, Ph.D.
November 4, 2015


A Sociologistís Research on the
Lives of Atheists and Agnostics


Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D.

Marh 23, 2015


Brain and Consciousness:
Surprising New Findings
 from Neuroscience


John C. Avise, Ph.D.

October 21, 2014


Inside the Human Genome:
Darwin or Intelligent Design?


Cameron Smith, Ph.D.

April 3, 2014


The Evolution Revolution:  How
Recent Research Changes What We
Know About Human Evolution


Michael Shermer, Ph.D.

October 24, 2013


The Believing Brain


Leonard Mlodinow

April 29, 2013


The Subliminal Brain: How Our
Unconscious Rules Our Behavior


Paul J. Zak

November 13, 2012


Recent Research on Brain Chemistry:
A Revolution in the Science of Good and Evil


Nancy L. Segal

April 16, 2012


Human Behavior:  What the study
of twins reared apart reveals
about heredity and environment


John Dean

September 21, 2011


Authoritarian Personalities:
Their Danger to Our Society


Michael Parenti

February 17, 2011


America's Culture Struggle:
Religion, Politics


Blase Bonpane, Ph.D.

September 23, 2010


Sexual Abuse, Cover-Ups, and the
History of the Catholic Church


James H. Fallon, PhD.

March 17, 2010


The Brains of Psychopathic Killers:
The Nexus of Genes, Environment,
Brain Damage


Dave Cullen

September 23, 2009


The Murders at Columbine
High School: How Our Culture
Misunderstood What Happened


Dr. Bruce Wexler

March 26, 2009



Brain and Culture:
Neurobiology, Ideology,
and Social Change


Milton Diamond, Ph.D.

October 23, 2008


Gender and Sexual Orientation:
Biology? Social Influence?
Free Choice? What the
Latest Research Has Found


Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.

February 21, 2008


What's the Matter
With Memory



Stephanie Coontz

November 28, 2007


In Search of Traditional Marriage:
the Surprising Diversity of Love
and Marriage Across Cultures
and Times

Edward Tabash

May 24, 2007


Church and State: Are They
Still Separate in America?


Monique El-Faizy

December 5, 2006


How Evangelicals Have Become
America's New Mainstream