James Eubert Holshouser Jr. (October 8, 1934 – June 17, 2013) was the 68th Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1973 to 1977. His leadership provided energy and new ideas that shaped the modern North Carolina as the state found its role in technological development, urbanization and assumed a key national role leading to the 21st century.

The organizers of this lecture series wish to honor the memory of the Governor by examining the current events of today in the Holshouser tradition of unbiased analysis, rational thinking, varied viewpoints and a calm look at all sides of the issue under discussion.