SEARCY, Ark. (Oct. 26, 2020) –– The Harding University American Studies Institute will host Benjamin Watson, former New England Patriots tight end, for a virtual lecture event at 7:30 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 9 as part of its American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series. Watson’s lecture will feature his book “Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race — and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us.” The event will be streamed live at

An NFL veteran, Watson has been a key playmaker for the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. A first-round draft pick and Super Bowl Champion, he has been recognized as one of CNN’s Extraordinary People, a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist and has received the Bart Starr Award.

In addition to his commitment on the field, Benjamin and his wife Kirsten established “One More,” a nonprofit dedicated to impacting the lives of those in need by providing enrichment opportunities and promoting education through charitable initiatives and partnerships. Watson has also released two books, “Under Our Skin” and “The New Dad’s Playbook,” and has appeared on numerous major TV networks and spoken on current events at schools, churches and conferences across the country.

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