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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, a premier Wall Street analyst and TV personality, a best-selling American author, and a panel of leading experts on religion will headline the spring semester's continuing national speakers series, "The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America."

The series, which kicked off this fall with a discussion about media and its influence on citizenship and the presidential election, has drawn large crowds through the first three events. The forum will continue through the inauguration of the next U.S president in 2009.

The scheduled speakers for this spring are:

  • Jim Cramer, the popular host of the CNBC's "Mad Money," radio host, author, co-founder of the Internet financial news hub The, and graduate of the Harvard University School of Law, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Cramer's talk is titled, "The Capitalist Citizen and Democracy." Free tickets are required for the event. Ticket distribution will be announced in January. (Bucknell management professor William Gruver talks about Jim Cramer, their Wall Street experiences, and ideas Cramer may talk about at Bucknell.)  
  • A leading panel of experts on religion in politics, including Dr. Obery Hendricks, professor of Biblical interpretation at New York Theological Seminary; Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Dr. Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life; and The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will participate in a discussion titled, "Religion and Politics in America," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Trout Auditorium.
  • Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, whose books include "Nickel and Dimed" and "Bait and Switch," will speak on "Working for Change: Citizenship and Class in America" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. Free tickets are required for the event. This distribution will be announced later.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Trout Auditorium. The title of his presentation will be announced later.

Issues of identity
"As the election approaches, issues of identity often play a powerful role in shaping the views that citizens have of presidential candidates and the issues before our country," said Pete Mackey, chief communications officer at Bucknell and chair of The Bucknell Forum task force. "This semester, we have looked at the intermediary force of media and its role in citizenship and elections. With the primary season moving toward its conclusion, we turn the lens inward, and look forward to what promises to be a most interesting semester of events and public dialogue."

"The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America" is a national speakers series exploring major issues in the 2008 presidential election, notably those at the forefront of the national discourse. The series features nationally renowned leaders, scholars, and commentators exploring these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and offers opportunities for campus and community conversations.

In November, the renowned political theorist Benjamin Barber spoke about the challenges facing democracy in America. In October, a panel of national political correspondents from among the country's most influential print, broadcast, and online news sources discussed the role that media play in shaping the presidential election and the issues affecting the race.

Inaugural speaker
NBC newsman Tim Russert was The Bucknell Forum's inaugural speaker in September.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Nov. 29, 2007
Updated Dec. 6, 2007