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Flagler 50th Anniversary Forum series to finish March 12 with Roy Gutman

Mar 7, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy is an opportunity for students to attend presentations from guest speakers, including nationally-recognized journalists and commentators. This type of event provides students with co-curricular credit, a Flagler program that encourages students to attend events, lectures and activities that represent a well-rounded, cross-disciplinary, liberal education. Forums are also open to the public, creating a space for community interaction.

While the topics discussed, ranging from foreign affairs to the national debt, are of regional, state or national significance, the forums are created with Flagler students in mind. Certain students are selected to attend as panelists and are able to meet with speakers at a lunch beforehand as preparation for the panel. With a presentation, a panel and audience questions, each forum provides ample opportunity for the community to join the national conversation on major topics.

The 2018-2019 round of Forum speakers celebrated Flagler’s 50th Anniversary. Past speakers from this year have included: Foreign Affairs Correspondent Nahal Toosi, NBC News Political Editor Carrie Dann and most recently, Paul Stebbins, founding member of FixUs, an initiative of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. The final speaker for this academic year will be Roy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter based in the Middle East. He will speak on Tue. March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium on the Flagler College campus. 

“I gained knowledge of the national debt and what I could do to help,” said Hannah Whipple, ‘21, of her experience as a panelist. “Other students can learn different topics at the forums.”

Forum offers the chance to learn more about issues of government and public policy. To find out more about Forum, visit the webpage here.

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