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National political leaders share MC stage to discuss

civil liberties, social issues

       Bay Buchanan, president of The American Cause, will share the microphones on Wednesday with ACLU President Nadine Strossen as Manchester College students tackle difficult dialogues.

       For the College’s biennial Discussion Days, Buchanan and Strossen will lead two sessions on March 7, accompanied by panels of faculty and students:

       11 a.m. – Civil Liberties in a Time of War, in Cordier Auditorium

       2 p.m. – Controversial Social Issues, in Wine Recital Hall

       At 4 p.m., Strossen will moderate a debate on the campus student speech code. Students also have the option of attending a 9 a.m. Wednesday slide show in Wine Recital Hall of controversial art prepared by Ejenobo Oke, assistant professor of art.

       The public is invited to all Discussion Days programs, which are free. Students receive convocation credit for every session they attend; no classes are scheduled for Wednesday so the entire campus can focus on the conversations.

       Discussion Days begin Monday, March 5, with a 10 a.m. all-campus convocation about difficult dialogues moderated by Annie Clark, program coordinator for On Earth Peace. At 4 p.m. is a discussion about bio-engineered food, in Flory Auditorium of the Science Center. Public funding of the arts is the topic of a 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 program, in Flory Auditorium.

       Angela “Bay” Buchanan, former U.S. Treasurer under President Ronald Reagan, promotes traditional conservative issues as a founder of The American Cause with her brother, former presidential hopeful Patrick Buchanan. She is a political analyst for CNN, for Good Morning America and co-anchored Equal Time, a political talk show initially on CNBC, then on MSNBC. She addressed Manchester College students last spring.

       Nadine Strossen of the American Civil Liberties Union spoke last fall at Manchester. She has written, lectured and practiced law extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights. She authored Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights, a New York Times Notable Book.

       Manchester College offers campus-wide Discussion Days every other year to augment a rich program of convocations, lectures and colloquia designed to spark conversations and prepare students for difficult dialogues. For more about the college, visit

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