Calendar of Events

To request information about an upcoming Jesse Helms Center event, please call us at (704) 233-1776.  To register for an upcoming special event, please follow specific event instructions.

FELC Summer 2017

The Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) is an educational program created by the Helms Center Foundation that gives high school students the opportunity to learn about free enterprise and leadership through yearly summer camps and workshops. 

2017 Dates and Locations

Residential Camps
June 4-8: Houston Baptist University (Houston, Texas)
June 25-29, Wingate University (Wingate, North Carolina)
July 9-13, Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, Florida)
July 16-20, Campbell University (Buies Creek, North Carolina)

Non-Residential Camp
June 19-22, Midlands Technical College (Columbia, South Carolina)

May 12, 2017

On Friday May 12, 2017 the Jesse Helms Center, along with the John William Pope Foundation, hosted “Foreign Policy and Trade Challenges in the Age of Trump.” The event was a great success and brought together various center-right policy interests with differing opinions on the important foreign policy and trade issues facing our nation.

You can view the event by visiting our YouTube page.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Jesse Helms Center’s BB&T Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Michael Munger on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:00pm at Wingate University in Helms Forum, located in the Dickson Palmer Student Center.

Munger received his Ph. D in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. He worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission, followed by teaching appointments in the Political Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin and the UNC-Chapel Hill. He moved to Duke in 1997 and was Chair of the Political Science Department from 2000-2010. He has won three University-wide teaching awards, and is currently the director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke University. His current project is a book entitled, Tomorrow 3.0.

Join us as Dr. Munger discusses “Tomorrow 3.0: The Sharing Economy.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jesse Helms Alumni and Friends invite you to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s First Presidential Primary Victory.

Featuring a special presentation to The Honorable Bill Cobey for the Distinguished Service to the Jesse Helms Center Board of Directors.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Business Attire.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Jesse Helms Center’s BB&T Lecture Series welcomes Emily Ekins on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00pm at Wingate University in the Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall.

Emily is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. Her research focuses primarily on American politics, public opinion, political psychology and social movements, with an emphasis in survey and quantitative methods. She studies how values, experiences and self interest shape public opinion and attitudes toward government.

Join us as Emily discusses “Are Millennials America’s Socialist Generation?”

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Jesse Helms Center’s BB&T Lecture Series welcomes Dr. James Otteson on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Wingate University in the Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall.

Dr. Otteson is the Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, the TH=homas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, and Teaching Professor of Political Economy at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., a Research Professor in the Freedom Center and Department of Philosophy at the university of Arizona and a Reseach Fellow at the Independent Institute of California.

Join us as Dr. Ottenson discusses “Adam Smith on Justice and Social Justice.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Jesse Helms Annual Lecture at The Heritage Foundation Welcomes His Excellency Ron Dermer on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 11:00am – 12:00pm at The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Foyer Auditoriam in Washington, D.C.

Join us as Ambassador Ron Dermer discusses the common values that serve as the foundation of the longstanding relationship between Israel and the United States and why they must remain steadfast allies if they are to overcome the serious challenges threatening both the nations in today’s world.

To RSVP and attend in person, please visit our website, email or call 704-233-1776, ext. 2. You can also watch the event online by visiting