March 23, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – John Ashcroft, former Attorney General of the United States and U.S. Senator from Missouri, will speak at Bucknell University Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The subject of Ashcroft's talk will be, "Today and the Future of Homeland Security: Offering strategic perspectives on homeland security and the issues currently affecting our nation's safety."

The talk, which is free to the public, is the Bucknell University Conservatives Club's Fourth Annual Alumni Lecture, a series supported by Bucknell alumni and former BUCC members from every decade back to the 1950s.
Led post-September 11 reform

As Attorney General in the Bush administration from 2001-05, Ashcroft led the post-September 11 reform of the Justice Department and helped write the USA Patriot Act. He served in the U.S. Senate and as Governor of Missouri before being appointed Attorney General. His book, Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice, was released in 2006.

Bucknell junior Nick Mozal, president of the Conservatives Club, said, "I'm delighted that Bucknell alumni have given so generously to make this extraordinary event a possibility. The expertise possessed by Mr. Ashcroft on the actions of our government in protecting America is second to none."

Annual alumni lecture series

The Conservatives Club's annual alumni lecture was established by Richard Werther, a 1979 Bucknell graduate. Past speakers have included noted columnist and self-described contrarian Christopher Hitchens; New York Times bestselling author Christina Hoff Sommers, and syndicated columnist Walter E. Williams.

Ashcroft's speech is sponsored by the Bucknell University Conservatives Club and Young America's Foundation. The Bucknell Student Government, the Residence Hall Association, the Office of the President, the Provost, the Dean of Students, and the political science, management, and sociology departments are co-sponsors.

Posted March 23, 2007


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