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The inaugural Public Affairs Conference brought significant leaders from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds together to dialogue about topics relevant for a 21st century democracy. This conference is intended to nurture and stimulate the minds of all those who attend. The conference was held Wednesday, April 13, 2005, through Friday, April 15, 2005.

Paul Hanson

Paul Hanson, Ph.D., brought his expertise on Hebrew prophecy, Jewish literature of the Second Temple Period and biblical theology to the inaugural Public Affairs Conference, Celebrating the Intellect.

Strong Hall

Strong Hall is the home to the College of Humanities and Public Affairs on the Missouri State campus.

Dr. Huston Smith

Dr. Huston Smith shares his view on philosophy and religion.

Lucas Grabeel

Springfield native and star of the teen sensation High School Musical Lucas Grabeel brought his views to the 2005 conference.

Bernard Franklin

Kauffman Foundation Scholars Program Director Bernard Franklin, Ph.D. brought his expertise of improving the lives of urban youth to the Public Affairs Conference.

Dr. Huston Smith

Dr. Huston Smith, pictured at right, shares his views during the panel Religious Extremism: A Road Map Leading to War or Peace? Huston is pictured with Charlie Ess, Jacob Needleman and Paul Hanson.

Frances Hesselbein

Frances Hesselbein presents her keynote address: Leaders of the Future: Ethics in Action.

Bruce Schoenfeld

Journalist Bruce Schoenfeld brought his unique perspectives to the 2005 conference.

Monte Kuklenski

Senior Vice President of Staging Services and Facilities for FOX Network Engineering and Operations Monte Kuklenski returned to his alma mater for the inaugural conference.

Emeritus, Keiser, and Hesselbein

Missouri State President Emeritus and Public Affairs Conference Honorary Chairman John Keiser, pictured at right, greets Leader to Leader Editor-in-Chief Frances Hesselbein.

Theriot, Hesselbein, and Ledger

Kevin Theriot, pictured at left, Frances Hesselbein and Robert Ledger participate in the panel The "Right to Know" vs. "Betrayal of Confidence": 1st Amendment Issues in the Press during the 2005 conference.

Tom Strong

Tom Strong participates in the conference discussions.

Public Affairs Conference

Missouri State students and area high school students experienced a different kind of lesson during the Public Affairs Conference.

Frances Hesselbein

Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Frances Hesselbein shares her views on leadership.