2016-2017 Weekly Convocations
The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields. The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.
Convocation: Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas
A liberal Democratic strategist and a conservative columnist seek common ground in the contentious issues that divide our nation.
Based on their successful USA Today column "Common Ground," political speakers Bob Beckel, a liberal Democratic strategist, and Cal Thomas, a conservative columnist, take on the contentious issues that divide the nation along partisan lines. Whether taking on the Tea Party, unions, health care, or regulatory issues, Beckel and Thomas cut through the bickering and get to the heart of what really matters. Moving away from the archaic crossfire format, Beckel and Thomas find shared beliefs that both liberals and conservatives can agree upon. More like a conversation between friends than debate between enemies, they inspire audiences to find the common ground in their own beliefs, and put aside politics as usual. Emphasizing bipartisan cooperation and a commitment to ending cross-aisle political conflict, they seek a common ground that can end the stalemate in Washington. Their book, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America is a discussion of how liberals and conservatives can work together to put America back on track.
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