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St. Clair Lecture Brings Discussion of Presidential Politics

by Kaylee Hauck

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Dr. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madonna’s Twitter, @terrymadonna.

The St. Clair Lecture is an event in which renowned scholars discuss important events that impact Westmoreland County. The lecture has been happening at Pitt-Greensburg since the year 2000, and started with a lecture on the French and Indian War. In past years the topic of the lecture has varied from different subjects such as the Whiskey Rebellion and spanning all the way to Andrew Carnegie.

This year’s St. Clair Lecture will take place on Thursday, October 15th in Ferguson Theater at 7:30 p.m. Although the event is free for everyone, a ticket is needed to enter the event. To get a ticket/R.S.V.P for the event, contact Dolly Biskup at 724-836- 7890 or at jcb3@pitt.edu.

Every year the speaker for the St. Clair is chosen by Dr. Smith, the President of Pitt-Greensburg, with input from Dr. Eric Kimball, Assistant Professor of History at Pitt-Greensburg. “We have a prestigious list of people to chose from.” said Kimball.

The speaker at this year’s lecture will be Dr. Terry Madonna. Dr. Madonna is the Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College and has written several books on a wide variety of topics. The topic that Dr. Madonna will be talking about this year is Pennsylvania’s role in presidential politics in both the past and the present.

The lecture will last roughly 90 minutes. “Professor Madonna will speak for about an hour or less, which leaves 30 minutes for questions at the end.” said Dr. Kimball.

If you’re unable to attend the lecture, it will be live broadcasted on the Pitt-Greensburg website. The lecture will only be available that day, but will be available on DVD in the library afterwards. The library also has DVDs of past St. Clair Lectures.

All students are invited to attend the lecture, as well as the general public. “This is a community outreach event. A lot of people, not just from Greensburg, but from all over Westmoreland, come for the St. Clair Lecture.” said Dr. Kimball.

R.S.V.P by October 12th to ensure a seat at the St. Clair Lecture.

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