Dr. Ben Carson will be last speaker for the 2013-14 Harding University American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, in Benson Auditorium on the Harding University campus at Searcy with his message, "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great."

Carson is a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for more than 25 years. He is a motivational speaker who has addressed audiences ranging from school systems to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast.

Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008; the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 1987, he completed the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins conjoined at the back of the head, documented in the 2009 movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story."

Carson is president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund and has written five books, including "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great," which was No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list in March 2013

Open seating — no ticket necessary. For more information, contact the American Studies Institute at 501-279-4497, or go online to www.harding.edu.