The annual Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship series began in 2001. It is funded by an endowment in honor of the late Norman Fries, the founder of Claxton Poultry. In his more than 50 years of business, Fries built the company from a one-man operation into one of the largest poultry production plants in the United States.

Some of the past Fries Distiguished Lectureship speakers include David Oreck of Oreck Vacuums, South African apartheid author and lecturer Mark Mathabane, NASA director James W. “Jim” Kennedy, author and historian Gordon S. Wood, Nobel prize-winner Dr. William D. Phillips, best-selling author Susan Orlean, and concussion expert Dr. Russell Gore.

Please select a Lectureship year to browse the Digital Commons@Georgia Southern collection.

Browse the contents of Norman Fries Distinguished Lectureship Series:

2021- Policing, Violence, and Mental Health: The Case of Domestic Homicide.
2021 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Educating Past Pandemics
2019 - Flourishing in a Digital World
2018- Enabling the Great Energy Transition: Technology & Policy Challenges and Opportunities
2017- An Astronaut’s View of Choices, Influences, Contributions and Later Discoveries
2016- Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?
2015- Brain Injury and the Limits of Human Performance
2014- Learning by the Book: A Writer Explores the World of Libraries
2013- Health Equity and Social Justice, A Whole New World
2012- Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
2011- Starting Over: A Ground Zero CEO's Story of Loss, Rejuvenation and Gratitude
2010- Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
2009- Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century
2008- The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
2007- "Final Edition: The Death of Democracy's Best (Perhaps Only) True Friend."
2006- “Journalism in the Digital Age.”
2005- "Space Week"
2004- "Health Care Administration: Today's Decisions for Tomorrow's Challenges"
2003- "Kaffir Boy"