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Past Speakers

TAMU YAF works hard to bring top conservative speakers to campus to host speaking events. 

2021

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Verdict Live with Ted Cruz (feat. Michael Knowles)

Ted Cruz and Michael Knowles came to Rudder Theater to host their #1 hit podcast Verdict with Ted Cruz. With their trusty cactus, Senator Cruz and Michael Knowles talk about how we BTHO of Alabama, mask mandates, and other hot-button political issues with special guest Liz Wheeler. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK0ZXLwzY7g

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James Olsen

James Olsen is a professor of the practice at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on intelligence and counterintelligence. He and his wife served for over thirty years working undercover in the Directorate of Operations of the CIA.  Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying and To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

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Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence came to Rudder Auditorium to give a lecture to Texas A&M's students, faculty, and staff. While here, he did a live recording of his podcast American Freedom with Mike Pence where he interviewed Rep. Dan Crenshaw and two of our very own cadets. Check out his podcast episode "Honoring America's Veterans" anywhere you listen and watch his lecture here: https://youtu.be/7P9sHJtd2BI

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Dave South

In 1985, after being asked to fill in for a season by head football coach Jackie Sherrill, Dave South became the "Voice of the Aggies". As the voice of Texas A&M athletics, South called some of the most memorable moments in Aggie sports history, including Sirr Parker's game-winning touchdown in the 1998 Big XII championship, and Johnny Manzel's "Heisman moment" in 2012 against Alabama. South's last football season was in 2017, and he decided to hang up the headset for good after his last baseball season in 2020.

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Admiral Brett Giroir

Brett P. Giroir is an American pediatrician and a former four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He served as the 16th assistant secretary for health during the Trump administration and was the US Representative to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization within the Department of State. Dr. Giroir was on the front lines of the COVID-19 response as a White House Coronavirus Task Force member and was the national lead for testing and diagnostics.

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Steven Crowder

Steven Crowder has created a career often designated for people twice his age. Before being brought in as one of FoxNews’ youngest contributors ever, Steven began his career in entertainment with acting and stand-up comedy.

Steven is most widely known for the "change my mind" segment on his show Louder with Crowder.

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2019

Andrew Klavan & Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles and Andrew Klavan are the celebrated hosts of “The Michael Knowles Show” and "The Andrew Klavan Show" at the Daily Wire. 

2018

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Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D'Souza has had a 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual and served as a policy analyst in the Reagan White House.

Called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, D’Souza quickly became known as a major influencer on public policy through his writings.