Student Involvement

NIU University Honors Lecture Series

NIU Lecture Series Title:

“America As a Commercial Republic: The Virtues of Commerce & the Commercial Profession”

Purpose of Lecture Series:

  • To share critical thinking about the inherent virtue of serving others through the business profession.  The focus of each lecture in this series will be on how the practical operation of a private enterprise in providing products and services to others enhances virtue within that enterprise (i.e., within its employees, partners and customers). 
  • To engage, stimulate, and inspire University Honors students and other members of the NIU community with thought-provoking presentations on the nature of the United States as a “commercial republic.” A career in business is about much more than profits, promotions and products. It is about the opportunities it presents to each practitioner to do good and do so in a manner that builds one’s character. 
  • To strive in a modest way to help educate and promote well-informed and effective global citizenship among NIU students as they consider becoming the leaders of tomorrow. 

MaibachThis lecture series is made possible through a generous gift of Mr. Michael C. Maibach.



The annual lecture will be held each fall semester, beginning
in 2012

2012 Speaker: 
Michael C. Maibach
“The Virtues of the Commercial Republic” (PDF)

November 13, 2012
12:00pm-2:00pm
Barsema Alumni and Visitor Center

2013 Speaker: 
Christopher G. Caine

October 3, 2013
12:00pm-2:00pm
Barsema Alumni and Visitor Center
*Details Forthcoming

2014 Speaker: 
To be announced