Since Fall 2007, the Neal Marshall Planning Committee has been planning a special event for the Public Policy Lecture Series in the following spring. Every spring, a speaker is invited to be the Spring Neal-Marshall Public Policy Lecturer, which is a lecture hosted by both SPEA and the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club. This year, SPEA and the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club have the privilege of inviting Vernon Jordan, Jr., renowned African American lawyer and civil rights leader.
The Public Policy Lecture Series at SPEA entails a special program on March 27, 2008, featuring Vernon Jordan, Jr., which will begin with a private luncheon with student leaders, followed by a lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the Whittenberger Auditorium. This year’s topic is “America – Crossing Boundaries of Possibility”. A Q&A session after the lecture will allow the audience to raise questions regarding politics, law, diversity, and others, although many students and faculty are looking forward to Mr. Jordan’s view on the presidential election, given that he has been a close adviser to former president Bill Clinton. Everyone will have more time to interact and network at the reception in the University Club.
As a member of the planning committee, it has been great to see how the committee’s ideas and plans have come to fruition. From inviting the speaker to devising marketing strategies, it has been a great experience working with other student leaders and faculty to make this event a reality. Everyone is definitely welcome to this lecture, and it may be in your interest to know that this takes place the day before SPEA’s Prospective Student Visit Day, so you can just come a day early and be a part of this spcial event!