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Bishop C.C. McCabe Lectures

Bishop Charles Cardwell McCabe embodies the spirit of American University's founders. McCabe, Vice Chancellor and Chancellor of the university from 1899-1902, dreamt of an educational system unlike that of any other university of its time. He believed in building a lasting future for AU and began the first successful fundraising campaign with his call to action, "Five dollars each, from one million people," to foster the new university.

Under Bishop McCabe's leadership, American University's second building was constructed: the McKinley Memorial Building, created in honor of United States President William McKinley. McCabe himself laid the cornerstone for the building.

2021-22: Chase Iron Eyes,
"The World Is Not Ending"
(An Indigenous Metaphysics toward Salvation)

2021-22: Chase Iron Eyes, "The World Is Not Ending"


Chase Iron Eyes.Join Chase Iron Eyes (Lakota Nation) to explore the state of the human condition and the responses to this reality from an Indigenous perspective. Peer into the underlying substance compelling indigenous nations and allies of all demographics to take unprecedented stands to defend the right of the human being to coexist in ways conducive to ecological awareness and respect. The Climate crisis looms over humanity while human beings grapple with the challenges of our circumstances. The Western tradition has abstracted the human being from its relationships with the universal elements thereby diminishing the power yielded by human beings to correct course. You are powerful. Let us inspire ourselves to save ourselves; we have the duty to stand up to those forces marching us all toward the end of the world. 

The event includes Chase Iron Eye’s conversation with AU professors, Elizabeth Rule and Buck Woodward, followed by an audience Q & A and reception.

Speaker Bio

Bio: Chase was born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the center of the universe to the Lakota people. From there he was moved to the Standing Rock reservation where his mother raised him in the ancient traditions which sustain the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux Nation) to this day. Chase's work as a lawyer, philosopher, bridge-builder and conduit of spiritual liberation connects all who are seeking truth, justice, and the uplifting of our collective experience. 

Chase ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress in 2016 and in 2017 he faced 6 years in prison for standing up to big-oil at the Stand with Standing Rock opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. Today, Chase works for the economic independence of Tribal Nations (Standing Rock and Oglala Sioux Tribes) as well as promoting the defense of mother earth and sacred metaphysics which juxtaposes him against those who seek to continue violating the sovereignty of native nations as well as the human/constitutional rights of people at-large. Chase is the husband of Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle with whom he is raising 6 young adults; they make their home on the Pine Ridge reservation.

The Bishop McCabe Lecture Fund

The Bishop C.C. McCabe Lecture Fund was established by the Board of Trustees in 1907 in memory of the Bishop and through his generous bequest to the College of Arts and Sciences. Although these funds help to offset the costs of producing the lecture series, they do not fully support its needs.

If you are interested in making a gift in support of the Bishop C.C. McCabe Lecture Series, please the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 202-885-5900, or make your gift online.

Bishop McCabe's legacy can still be felt today. The Bishop McCabe Fund was established in 1906 through a bequest in the Bishop's will to create a lecture series in the College of Arts and Sciences. Today, the Bishop C.C. McCabe Lecture Series features prominent faculty members, notable alumni, and distinguished scholars from all disciplines within the college.

Past Lectures


Nicki Washington:
"Look for Helpers: Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Allyship/Advocacy in Computing+Tech"
October 8, 2020


Deborah Lipstadt: “Israel: A Lightning Rod of Antisemitism”
February 19, 2020

Carmen Maria Machado
February 12, 2020

Angela Saini: “Superior: The Return of Race Science”
October 29, 2019

Nate Silver: “The Past, Present, and Future of Election Predictions and Data Analytics”
October 17, 2019


Alice Dreger: “Cultivating the Virtue of Disloyalty”

Teju Cole: "Blindspot"

Teju Cole: "Known and Strange Things: Art and Activism in the 21st Century"


Jelani Cobb: "The Half-Life of Freedom"

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, "The Diversity Blues: Reframing the Diversity Agenda at HWCUs"


Amy Stolls 

Ta-Nehisi Coates


Nina Tandon: "Super Cells: Building with Biology"

Linda Daly: "The Problem and Pleasures of Writing from Life"


Ava Farmer Reading: Ava Farmer (nom de plume of Sandy Lerner) on her novel, Second Impressions, the first sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Dean Hamer: "Out in the Silence: At the Forefront of LGBT Inclusion"

Writers in Motion: Reading the Fall, Writing the Recovery

  • Madeleine Thien
  • Vicente Groyon
  • Eduardo Halfón
  • Alice Pung
  • Christopher Merrill
  • Marjorie Ames
  • Jim Leach
  • Kyle Dargan

Health of the Economy / Economics of Health

Adam Davidson, David Kestenbaum, Rachel Louise Snyder


Sandow Birk: "Capturing Dystopia"

Allan Lichtman: "Seven Days until Tomorrow"

Dunya Mikhail & Bruce Weigl: "The Syntax of Wars"


Dr. Akasha Gloria Hull: "Fiction and Black Feminism"

Edward Hirsch: Poetry Reading

Making History / Shaping History

Lonnie Bunch: "The Power of Remembering: The Continuing Importance of Black History Month"

Natasha Trethewey: "A Remnant South: A Reading and Discussion"

American Identity

Charles Holt: A performance of Black Boy

Lillian Jiménez, Film Screening and Discussion:
"Antonia Pantoja: Forging a Path for Puerto Rican Civil Rights in the US"

Dr. Peter Selz: "Art of Engagement"

Fall 2005: Woman as Object, Subject, and Creator

Dr. Lisa Farrington: "Black Feminist Artists"

Ann Beattie: "Tribute to Dr. Frank Turaj"

Dr. Peter Dans: "Hollywood & Women Doctors"


Allan J. Lichtman: "Keys to the White House"

Paul R. Ehrlich: "One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future"

Richard D. Breitman: "US Intelligence and the Nazis"

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