February 19, 2018
To further civil and intellectual discourse on campus, a series of events is planned at Susquehanna University during the spring semester in keeping with the university theme for the year—conflict. Each year, the university theme presents opportunities for university-wide dialogue around a central idea or question.
Conservative political commentator, author, radio talk show host and lawyer Ben Shapiro will speak at Susquehanna at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in Degenstein Center Theater in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. The topic of his talk, which is sponsored by Young America's Foundation, will focus on the First Amendment on college campuses.
In addition, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell will speak at the university at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Stretansky Concert Hall, Cunningham Center for Music and Art. A lawyer, politician and author, Rendell will present a progressive's view of America.
The two politically themed events are being organized jointly by the SU College Republicans and the SU College Democrats. The student groups are working together to provide a wide range of views that will further a civil exchange of ideas on campus. Each event will be followed by opportunities for the campus community to debrief on the various points of view shared by Shapiro, Rendell and audience members.
Intended mainly for the campus community, there will be a limited number of tickets available to the public for both the Shapiro and the Rendell events.
Individuals must personally pick up their tickets for the Shapiro event between Feb. 19 and March 12 at Susquehanna's switchboard office, next to the box office in the Degenstein Campus Center. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:30–noon and 1–5 p.m. One ticket will be available per person. Identification must be presented upon pick-up. Ticket information for the Rendell event will be announced closer to that event.
For a list of past and upcoming events on the topic of conflict, please go to www.susqu.edu/conflict.