Preserving Liberty

Date & Time: Friday, November 19, 2021, 6 p.m.
Location: Hotel Valley Ho

The Political History and Leadership program at ASU invites the public to a community forum by Ken Starr and Donald Critchlow.

"Preserving Liberty" will be moderated by Michael G. Bailey, Former Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer/US Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona.

Ken Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. Currently Of Counsel to The Lanier Law Firm, Ken served as president and chancellor of Baylor University and dean of the Pepperdine School of Law.  He continues to teach law, write articles of interest and serves as a commentator for Fox and various radio programs.

Ken has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including during his service as U.S. Solicitor General. He served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, as Counselor and Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith and law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer.  He was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999

He is author of newly published Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty;  plus First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American LifeBear Country: The Baylor Story; and Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation (a NY Times bestseller in 2018).  Ken has received numerous honors and awards, including the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice and three honorary doctorates. He and his wife Alice have been married since 1970 and live in Waco, Texas. They are blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.

Donald T. Critchlow is the Katzin Family Professor of History at Arizona State University specializing in American political history. He received the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Prize in Humanities at ASU in 2021. He leads the Political History and Leadership program at ASU. Critchlow has appeared on C-Span, National Public Radio, BBC World News and many talk radio programs. He has written for the Washington Post, New York Observer, New York Post and National Review. He is the author of over 20 books, has lectured in Europe, China, Australia and Brazil and is the founding editor of Journal of Policy History published by Cambridge University Press.

Critchlow's most recent book, Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation into Tyranny, presents a collective biography of five modern day revolutionaries who came into power calling for the liberation of the people only to end up killing millions of people in the name of revolution: Lenin (Russia), Mao (China), Castro (Cuba), Mugabe (Zimbabwe) and Khomeini (Iran). Revolutionary Monsters explores basic questions about the revolutionary personality and examines how these revolutionaries came to envision themselves as prophets of a new age.