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John Nichols to Deliver the 11th Annual Culver Lecture 


INDIANOLA, Iowa — Journalist John Nichols will present the 11th Annual Culver Lecture at Simpson College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022. This year's Culver Lecture will be presented live and in-person in Hubbell Hall, Kent Campus Center, on Simpson's main campus in Indianola, Iowa.

John Nichols is a journalist, political commentator and pioneering political blogger. He is the author of fourteen books on American politics, including The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Antifascist, Antiracist Politics. Nichols’ book draws heavily on Senator John C. Culver’s biography of Henry A. Wallace, American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace. Simpson College has recognized both John C. Culver and Henry A. Wallace in the naming of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center and Wallace Hall. 

“In The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party, John Nichols illuminates the long shadow of Iowan Henry A. Wallace’s continuing influence on progressive politics in the U.S., adding significantly to the body of knowledge on Wallace collected by Senator Culver in American Dreamer,” said Seth Andersen, Director of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College. “Nichols’ book is essential reading for students of American political history and social movements.”

In conjunction with the Culver Lecture, the Culver Center will also host a screening of Joan D. Murray’s film tribute to her grandfather, Henry A. Wallace: An Uncommon Man. Show time is set for 4 p.m., in the Black Box Theater, Kent Campus Center. The film screening and Culver Lecture are free and open to the public.

For those attending the in-person event, no registration is required. However, the virtual attendance option requires registration. Visit simpson.edu/culver-center to register.

Event contact
Seth Andersen, Director, John C. Culver Public Policy Center
(515) 961-1354

Media contact 
Alisa Reynolds-Good, Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
(660) 341-9132