2016 John J. Rhodes Lecture

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Lecture History

The Honorable John J. Rhodes represented Arizona in the United States House of Representatives for 30 years, from 1952-1982. During his distinguished career, Rhodes served as the Minority Leader of the House from 1973-1981. Congressman Rhodes exemplified the values of personal integrity, fiscal responsibility, respect for persons of all political beliefs, and international foresight.

Upon his retirement, Rhodes' family and many of his friends wanted to establish an enduring tribute to his leadership. John and his wife, Betty, had long been supporters of higher education, so the family chose an endowment for the John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions and selected Barrett, the Honors College at ASU to become the chair's home. The Rhodes Chair reflects Rhodes' commitment to public service and higher education. The chair is dedicated to discussion and dialogue about the most challenging issues facing our society, now and in the future. Holders of the Rhodes Chair are individuals whose work embodies Rhodes' commitment to the betterment of our nation through inspired and fair-minded leadership and devotion to service. An archive of Rhodes' congressional papers is available in the Special Collections at Hayden Library on the ASU Tempe campus.

History of Barrett

Barrett, the Honors College at ASU was founded in 1988 by an act of the Arizona Board of Regents and was given a naming endowment in 2000 by Craig and Barbara Barrett, noted leaders in industry, education and public service. Since its inception 28 years ago, fueled by the endowment and ASU’s commitment to excellence in honors education, Barrett has become a pre-eminent four-year residential honors college, routinely attracting intellectually outstanding students from across Arizona and the nation. Barrett’s living and learning community provides a perfect synergy for students to exercise and challenge their intellects while pursuing outstanding educational opportunities. Barrett students regularly receive record numbers of national scholarships such as Fulbright, Boren, Goldwater, Truman and Udall awards. Since 2000, only Harvard and Yale have named more students to the USA Today All-USA College AcademicTeams. In 2005, Reader’s Digest named Barrett "Best of America" in university honors education. The New York Times has labeled Barrett "the gold standard" among honors colleges.

Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus 7 p.m.

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Free parking is available at ASU Gammage in Lot 3 after 6PM.