professor Jon A. Shields sits in a chair, dressed in a black suit

The Bucknell Forum Presents Author, Professor Jon A. Shields

October 6, 2023

by Mike Ferlazzo

Jon A. Shields, professor of American politics and chair of the government department at Claremont McKenna College. Photo provided

Jon A. Shields — a professor of American politics and chair of the government department at Claremont McKenna College and author or co-author of three books on the American right — will be the next Bucknell Forum speaker to present on the theme "Freedom of Expression" Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Vaughan Literature Building's Trout Auditorium. His talk is titled, "The Republican Civil War: What It Tells Us About Cancel Culture in American Universities."

"Professor Shields addresses some of the most intriguing topics among the American right today through his writings," Bucknell President John Bravman says. "He will present a fresh viewpoint on our 'Freedom of Expression' series theme by examining a very timely topic."

Shields is the second of five nationally renowned speakers participating in this year's Bucknell Forum — a speaker series that since 2007 has featured national leaders, scholars and commentators who have examined various issues from multidisciplinary and diverse viewpoints.

About Jon A. Shields
Shields is the author or co-author of Trump's Democrats (The Brookings Institution, 2020), Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University (Oxford University Press, 2016) and The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right (Princeton University Press, 2009). At present, he's co-authoring a book about former Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney.

His writings have also appeared in a wide range of popular news outlets, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Bulwark.

At Claremont McKenna, Shields teaches courses on contentious issues, such as policing, free speech and the American culture wars.

Event Information
All Bucknell Forum events are free and open to the public and tickets are not required for this event.

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Remaining Bucknell Forum Speakers
All remaining speakers in this year's Bucknell Forum will appear in person at 7:30 p.m. on these dates:

  • New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.
  • New York Times bestselling author, journalist and activist George M. Johnson, Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Trout Auditorium.
  • Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda, Tuesday, March 19, in the Weis Center.

See the full Forum lineup