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Harold Smith Cultural Series

The Harold Smith Cultural Series was established following the death of Harold Smith in 1988. It has been responsible for bringing the following speakers to the college.

  • 2020 - Galen Abdur-Azzaq, master flautist and lecturer "Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement"
  • 2018 - Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle
  • 2016 - Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau
  • 2014 - Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of all Batman movies
  • 2012 - Warren Brown, founder and owner of CakeLove Bakery 
  • 2008 - Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company 
  • 2002 - Barbara Bush, former first lady and presidential mother

Mr. Smith attended El Dorado High School and El Dorado Junior College before attending college at Northwestern University in 1930. While in Chicago, he discovered an access to certain events that had not been available in El Dorado.

Never married, Smith left nearly his entire estate to charitable organizations and Northwestern. He felt it would be nice “to give local people the opportunity to hear speakers or enjoy cultural events they might not otherwise experience in this area.” The Harold Smith Cultural Series was established to bring celebrated speakers to Butler Community College so Butler County area residents could attend at no charge.