2019 Events


Presents the Inaugural

Admiral James W. Nance
Foreign Policy Lecture


Marc Thiessen

Columnist and Fox News Contributor
Former Chief Speechwriter for President George W. Bush

Thursday May 30, 2019
6:00 pm reception
7:00 pm dinner

Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel | 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

Past 2018 Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

THE JESSE HELMS CENTER FOUNDATION 30th Anniversary Lecture Series


Lt. Colonel Oliver North

TV host, syndicated columnist
and former President of the National Rifle Association

BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of
Free Enterprise

Ismael Hernandez

Wingate University | October 29, 2018 | 7:00 pm | Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall

Ismael Hernandez, author of “Not Tragically Colored,” moved to the United States to Puerto Rico after studying theology at the Jesuit Seminary in Rio Piedras. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Foreign Policy and Trade Challenges
in the Age of Trump
May 11, 2018 | Raleigh, NC

The Jesse Helms Center will once again be hosting “Foreign Policy and Trade Challenges in the Age of Trump” in Raleigh, North Carolina in May of 2018. This year’s event will commence with a luncheon and discussion of national security or trade and a nationally-respected panel is currently being assembled to examine the critical questions pertinent to our selected topics. The event will once again come to a close with a reception and dinner. As a continuation of the Jesse Helms Center’s Thirtieth Anniversary Lecture Series, a prominent public policy expert will deliver the evening’s keynote address.

More information coming soon. For any question please email us at info@jessehelmscenter.org.

BB&T Program on the Moral Foundations of
Free Enterprise

Dr. Caron St. John

Wingate University | April 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm | Levine Science Building

Caron St. John is a professor of management and former dean of the College of Business at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her research and teaching interests are tied to the growth, competitive, and technology strategies of firms and regions. 

Jesse Helms Lecture at Heritage Foundation

The Jesse Helms Lecture at
The Heritage Foundation

The Jesse Helms Center
30th Anniversary Lecture Series

The Annual Jesse Helms Lecture At The Heritage Foundation
Featuring Senator Marco Rubio
March 15, 2018 12:30 pm
Open to Public and Press

In celebration of The Jesse Helms Center's 30th Anniversary friends of The Jesse Helms Center are invited to a special reception honoring:

The Helms Alumni

March 15, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Capitol Hill Club
Washington, D.C.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Brian Rogers at brian@jessehelmscenter.org.
All proceeds will benefit the Admiral James H. Nance Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge Scholarship Fund.

Never before seen Concession Speech featured in Charlotte Observer

On November 7, 1972, Jesse Helms won his first of five U.S. Senate elections. That evening he handed his driver, Patrick Reilly, two speeches – one a victory speech and one a concession speech. Last year, Mr. Reilly gave the concession speech he had saved all these year to the Helms Center Archives. We contacted the Charlotte Observer about this previously unknown piece of history and they ran a story that can be read here: 


Helms Fellow Releases New Tax Study

WINGATE, N.C. – Today, Jesse Helms Center Fellow Dr. Peter Frank, Dean of Wingate University’s Porter B. Byrum School of Business released a study on tax reform as it relates to fiscal instability and economic growth.  Dr. Frank’s research focused on North Carolina and Kansas, noted for their particularly aggressive tax policy reforms.  To read the executive summary, and the study, click the link below.  For any other questions or inquiries, email info@jessehelmscenter.org or call 704-233-1776.

Read State Tax Policy and Growth: Recent Evidence