Jim Leach, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will speak and lead a discussion on the critical need for greater civility in the nation's political life at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29 in Samford University Brock Recital Hall. Leach served 30 years in the United States Congress as a Republican representative from Iowa before his appointment to this independent federal agency that provides grant support for learning in history, literature, ethics and other areas of the humanities. There is no charge for this BACHE event. Reservations are required, as seating is limited.