Dordt College News

Pawlenty to speak as part of Presidential Lecture Series

January 21, 2011

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will speak at Dordt College Monday, Feb. 7, as part of a Presidential Lecture Series hosted by the FAMiLY LEADER. He will be speaking in the Campus Center at 7:30 p.m. He will be available to meet with the media from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Dordt College is one of three Iowa venues chosen to host the series, the purpose of which is to introduce Iowans to potential presidential candidates so that they can evaluate and compare them. Pella Christian High School in Pella and the University of Iowa in Iowa City are the other two venues selected for the series, which includes a full day of events for prospective presidential candidates, as they make stops in each of the three locations.

“Iowans play a vital role in hosting the first in the nation presidential caucus,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. “The Presidential Lecture Series is a focused strategy to facilitate meaningful exposure to the candidates.”

The schedule includes likely visits on March 7 from Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann on April 11, Rick Santorum on May 2, and other potential candidates in the months following.

Dordt College is pleased to provide a venue for the series to give students and the surrounding community an opportunity to meet and interact with declared and potential presidential candidates.

The college is a non-partisan host whose educational mission seeks to provide strong avenues for civic engagement. Dordt College professor Timothy Rylaarsdam explained, “Currently, this opportunity is being made available to us in the context of an incumbent Democratic president with an open Republican field. Unless President Obama would face a primary opponent, only Republicans will be active in campaigning before the Iowa caucuses.”

Dordt College has a history of hosting candidates for public office at the local, state, and national levels as a way to promote civic awareness and political engagement by Christians. These public forums give Dordt students and the entire community an opportunity to participate in these events, meet the candidates, and learn more about the political process as they assume an active role as kingdom citizens.

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