The William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series addresses freedom as a single, great, living idea which is made up of many working parts. The series demonstrates to the world the dangers of viewing freedom from a limited perspective. It attacks the naiveté of us all by serving as a spectacular reminder that the loss of one freedom diminishes all the others.
Featuring internationally recognized leaders of business, academics, law, press, government, religion and all other areas of American life, the William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series focuses annually on a different and significant area of life where the matters of major rights and responsibilities are a concern.
The students, faculty and trustees of Buena Vista University view the William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series as a serious and important mission in the life of the University. It is our hope that some day these lectures may become this nation's definitive statement on the evolution of freedom in America. Some of the most powerful and well-known leaders of the world have come to Buena Vista University to address the topic of freedoms in The William W. Siebens American Heritage Lecture Series. And many of the most influential leaders in the Midwest are routinely challenged and inspired by this annual event.
Dr. Harold Walter Siebens, an Iowa-born entrepreneur and philanthropist, established, endowed, and named this lecture in honor of his son, William W. Siebens, to assure the perpetuity of this significant program.