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October 2015

George Will Kicks Off Santa Clara University’s President’s Speaker Series Oct. 8

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct 7 , 2015 — George F. Will, the influential syndicated Washington Post columnist whose work over the past 40 years has provoked thought, dialogue, and occasionally outrage, will be the featured speaker at Santa Clara University at 7:30 p.m. October 8, 2015. 
 
The event is part of the President’s Speaker Series, which Santa Clara University (SCU) has conducted for nine years as part of its commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and scholarly and professional excellence. The next two speakers in the series will be Equal Justice Institute founder Bryan Stevenson (January 14, 2016), and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (March 8, 2016).  
 
Will’s talk, “The Political Argument Today,” focuses on the breakdown of civility in political discourse in the modern political arena.
 
Will’s twice-weekly Washington Post column is syndicated in nearly 500 papers throughout the United States, and he is a regular contributor on Fox News. He began his journalism career in 1973 as an editor at theNational Review. He started writing his Washington Post column in 1974 and in 1976 won journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, for distinguished commentary on a variety of topics. He was a founding member and panelist on the ABC Sunday-morning show This Week with David Brinkley and contributed a widely read back-page column forNewsweek for 35 years. He has published more than a dozen books, including eight compilations of his work. His 1990 book Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball was a New York Times No. 1 best-seller for two months. Will’s recent books include One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation (2008) and A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred (2014).
 
Will’s work has been known to ignite national debates, including a 2014 column on campus sexual assault, and a recent column critical of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, which has been a source of inspiration for Santa Clara University’s campus. The University is planning a conference November 3-4, 2015 and yearlong curricular activities in support of the objectives in the encyclical.
 
 
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
 
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