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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Beginning this fall, Bucknell University will inaugurate a national speakers series, “The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen and Politics in America.”

The Bucknell Forum will pursue a wide range of distinguished thinkers and commentators, including novelists, sociologists, technology experts, environmentalists, scientists, business leaders, presidential candidates, and news analysts, among others.

It aims to provide a model for civil discourse from a multi-disciplinary perspective with a diversity of viewpoints.

Exploring key issues
“The Forum theme provides a touchstone for exploring key issues from this election cycle, notably those driven by America's public conversations,” said Pete Mackey, chief communications officer and chair of the Bucknell Forum task force appointed by President Brian C. Mitchell. “Bucknell’s position at the center of Pennsylvania – a state of crucial importance to candidates – and the breadth of intellectual discourse here make the University an ideal forum for exploring emerging campaign themes.”

The task force encourages Bucknell alumni to submit suggestions for speakers – particularly leaders or specialists with whom they share a personal or professional connection and might help the University secure for the series – at

The series will run through the inauguration of the new U.S. president in January 2009.

Posted June 7, 2007


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