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September 15, 2022  |  6:00 PM

The H. F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series

Virtual event via YouTube

Join us for a presentation by John Stossel of Stossel TV, Axel Kaiser of Foundation for Progress, and Jeff Nelson of The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, who will discuss relevant topics, how they relate to our Constitution, and why our Constitution is still important.

The event will start promptly at 6:00 PM (CT) and will begin with a moderated panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session. It is part of the H.F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series, which is proud to be partnering with several organizations and universities around the country.

Audience members will be able to submit questions during the panel discussion via the chat feature.

Open discussion and audience participation are hallmarks of the Langenberg Speaker Series, so the Q&A session will make up a significant part of the program, which will end at 7:30 PM.


John Stossel is an award-winning news correspondent and the creator of Stossel TV videos. Before making the change to Stossel TV, he was the co-anchor of ABC News' "20/20." Eight to 10 million people watched his program weekly. Often, he ended "20/20" with a TV column called "Give Me a Break," which challenged conventional wisdom.


Stossel's specials on myths, parenting issues, sex, and trends in pop culture have rated among the top news programs and earned him uncommon praise: "The most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time," said The Dallas Morning News. The Orlando Sentinel said he "has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound." Stossel takes this reporting expertise and applies it to his weekly newspaper column for Creators Syndicate. Ready to cover topics newspaper readers care about, Stossel pokes fun at the ridiculous and lauds the excellent.


Newspaper editors may wonder whether Stossel's incredible TV ratings will translate from TV to print. The answer to that question is a resounding yes: A few years ago, HarperCollins published Stossel's book Give Me a Break, and readers (the same ones who read newspapers) made it a New York Times bestseller for 11 weeks. His second book, from Hyperion, Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity, made the list for 13 weeks.


Stossel’s special Stupid in America questioned why, despite the failures of socialism, America has a government-monopoly-run K-12 education.


Stossel's first special, Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death? examined exaggerated fears of things like chemicals and crime. It was followed by The Blame Game, which looked at Americans' tendency to blame their misfortunes on others. In You Can't Say That! he looked at the battle between free speech and censorship. He focused on bogus lawsuits in The Trouble With Lawyers and bogus scientific claims in Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So.


Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.


He graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Axel Kaiser

Axel Kaiser, a native of Santiago de Chile, is the International Executive Director of the Foundation for Progress, one of the most influential think-tanks in Latin America. Currently, a visiting professor at Stanford University, he is also a best-selling author, columnist, and political analyst. He's held the Friedrich von Hayek Chair at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago de Chile since 2016.  His books include "The Fatal Ignorance" (2009), "The Tyranny of Equality" (2015), "The Populist Deception" (2016), "The Pope and Capitalism" (2018) and, his latest, "The Street Economist: 15 Economics Lessons to Survive Politicians and Demagogues" (2022).

Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson is Executive Director and CEO of The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, which he co-founded with Annette Kirk in 1995. Prior to that, he spent the better part of three decades as a senior officer at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, most recently serving as the Institute’s Chief Academic Officer. He holds a B.A. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. from Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. For ten years he edited The Intercollegiate Review, The University Bookman, and was founding editor and publisher of ISI Books. He was also president of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. He is treasurer of the Edmund Burke Society of America, and editorial advisor to its journal, Studies in Edmund Burke and His Time. Dr. Nelson is the editor or co-editor of several books, including Redeeming the Time by Russell Kirk, American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, The Political Principles of Robert Taft by Russell Kirk and James McClellan, Perfect Sowing by Henry Regnery, and Remembered Past by John Lukacs.


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