Each year, the Kennedy Political Union (KPU) at American University hosts a unique lecture series that attempts to bring the words and wisdom of engaging, informative, and inspiring speakers to the students and greater campus community. In 1968, Founder Tom Block, working in conjunction with then Student Government President Luiz Simmons, established the lecture series at American University. Resting on a foundation of academia, the KPU sought to offer students a view into the political process and overall political arena. Named after the Kennedy fmaily for their political contributions, the Kennedy Political Union, after 40 unique lecture series’, has become one of American University’s most honored treasures. The Director, Executive Staff, and volunteers of the KPU work to uphold the tradition of presenting an award-winning lecture series each academic year. Over the years, the KPU has hosted speeches by Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward, Former Speaker of the House Tip O’ Neill, Civil Rights Activist Coretta Scott King, General and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, and his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. As new political issues arise, as new public officials claim a place in history, and as new students embark on political and civic journeys of their own, the Kennedy Political Union will chronicle the events of our ever-changing world through the words of the world’s best advocates for the leaders of tomorrow.