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As you recall, Professor Alexander Riley spoke to us in September regarding 9/11. What follows is an update from him on upcoming activities I would strongly encourage all of you to consider, thanks. Jim Persing
We are in a special period at Bucknell for the next few months, and I want to share with you some information on a few events that I hope you will consider attending.
Beginning next week, on November 8, and extending through January. a new faculty group (the Bucknell Project for American Leadership and Citizenship) has organized visits to campus by three nationally-known conservative intellectuals as part of a series on the consequences of the 1960s (the three conservative speakers are flanked by three speakers on the left–one of whom already visited campus, the other two of whom will be here in February and March 2019). Here is the webpage for the series with all the details.
The next three speakers are, in order:
Mark Bauerlein (November 8), a professor of English at Emory University and an editor at the journal of religious culture and American life, First Things. Bauerlein will be talking about the damage done by the ’60s to our educational culture, and especially to our colleges and universities. You can get an idea of his thinking by listening to a bit of his podcast here.
Mark Moyar (November 27), who works for USAID and has a Ph D in History from Cambridge University. Moyar has written several books about the Vietnam War that argue against the now widespread belief among America’s cultural elites that the US role in Vietnam was destructive and that the war could not have been won. He charges that government officials did not accurately understand Vietnam in historical and cultural terms, and significant figures in the American media misrepresented the situation on the battlefield in such a way as to massively fuel anti-war sentiment even while South Vietnamese and American troops were successfully combating the communist forces. He will be talking about how the anti-war left came to dominate important American cultural institutions, including much of journalism and most History departments. Moyar’s webpage is here.
Charles Kesler (January 31), a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College and the editor of the Claremont Review of Books. Kesler has written one of the best books about the Obama administration (read a short interview on the Obama presidency here). He will talk to us about the Lyndon Johnson presidency and the utopian Great Society programs it put in place. These programs, in Kesler’s view, marked a massive retreat from the founding principles of the country and have universally failed to produce what they claimed they would produce while wasting many billions if not trillions of dollars. Here is Kesler talking about the Trump presidency and the future of conservatism.
I urge you to support all of these talks by attending them and telling your friends to attend them. We need to show the administration and the rest of the faculty that there is significant community support for events like this, and if we cannot show them that, it is very unlikely that we’ll get the opportunity to do more of this kind of stuff. So this is an important moment for those who want to hear a wider array of voices and viewpoints at Bucknell. You can help us make the case that viewpoint diversity is essential to the life of a university and that Bucknell must do much better on this issue.
If you would like more information on any of these events, the BPALC, or any other related matters, please don’t hesitate to write me directly at email@example.com.
The Susquehanna Valley Conservatives will host the two candidates for the 85th Pennsylvania Legislative District Monday evening, October 8th at their usual site: the Best Western Meeting Rooms next door to Country Cupboard Restaurant, Rt. 15 North, Lewisburg.
The meeting will commence at the usual time, 7pm and end at 8:30pm.
The debate features Jennifer Rager-Kay the Democrat candidate in the upcoming Fall election and incumbent Fred Keller the Republican candidate. This will be the only time the two candidates are engaged in a formal debate before the election.
This debate will be conducted on a fair and balanced basis with EQUAL TIME given to both candidates on ALL questions posed to them from the Moderator, the Panel and from the Audience.
This debate is especially timely given the sharp political differences that exist on a national, statewide and local basis, from Conservative to Liberal/Progressive. The candidates are expected to differ widely on how the people of Union and Snyder Counties may be represented in Harrisburg.
You are welcome to attend this free and open Forum/Debate.
Be sure to Join Us Tonight!
May marks Memorial Day, and Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is very pleased to announce a special event for our May 14 meeting.
To honor America in the month of Memorial Day and to pay special tribute to our veterans, we will have a program designed around Gold Star families and all military veterans. Karen Long of Milton will be our main speaker. Karen’s son Zachariah died in Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She will be present, along with a military honor guard, to discuss and demonstrate the significance of flag folding ceremony.
Other Gold Star family members will also be present to discuss and share their experiences. Pastor Dick Devitt of West End Bible Church and Hironimus Union Church. will offer an opening invocation. Devitt is a Viet Nam war veteran.
We are encouraging everyone to spread the word about this special event so that we can be sure of a large turnout that matches the importance of the sacrifice and service of our veterans.
Our meeting will be at the usual place and time: this coming Monday, May 14th, 7pm – 8:30pm at the Best Western meeting rooms, next door to Country Cupboard, Lewisburg Rt. 15, North.
All are welcome. There is no admission charge.
YOU RE INVITED to our free and open to the public meeting on Monday, April 9th, 7–8:30 pm.
This Monday evening, we deal with several pending lawsuits. The first is the overreach of Governor Tom Wolf, attempting to force home care workers into a Union. This one is before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The second case is the overreach of the State Teachers union, PSEA, forcing Greg Hartnett and several other public school teachers to pay dues and join their Union. Hartnett and fellow teachers currently have this matter before the Pennsylvania courts.
Greg Harnett, a Pennsylvania public school teacher says “ I should not be forced to fund a private politically active organization just to do what I love”.
Our guest speakers include two attorneys from the Fairness Center who are pursuing these matters on behalf of their clients. This will be a meeting to remember!
The Fairness Center will be represented at the meeting by David Osborne, President and General Counsel; Nathan McGrath, Vice President and Litigation Counsel; and Conner Drigotas, Director of Communications and Outreach.
Please support us and join us for this meeting, Monday, April 9th, 7–8:30 pm, Best Western Meeting Rooms, next door to Country Cupboard, Rt. 15 north, Lewisburg.
Your next monthly meeting of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is coming up this Monday, March 12th, 7-8:30pm at the Best Western meeting rooms, next door to Country Cupboard, Rt. 15 North, Lewisburg.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Republican candidates for Pennsylvania Governor at our Forum this Monday evening. We have extended an invitation to ALL THREE Republican Gubernatorial Candidates to appear. It’s been a considerable effort to put this important meeting together for our home area, the Central Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania to be shown across the state on the PCN television network. Your continued support will ensure that we may continue to serve this area with like events.
We have confirmations from Laura Ellsworth, Pittsburgh attorney and Paul Mango, West Point/Army officer retired, also from the Pittsburgh area. We have also extended an invitation to Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner from the York, Pa. area.
Questions will be invited from our audience Monday night as well as questions from our Moderator and Panel as to how these candidates believe they can win in the Fall General Election vs. incumbent Democrat Governor Tom Wolf. As Conservatives, we believe that Governor Wolf does not deserve a second four year term.
Please join us this Monday evening along with our statewide television audience on PCN, Pennsylvania Cable Network, which is carrying our Forum event live from 7pm to 8:30pm.
We have an impressive panel of local people from around the Susquehanna Valley to highlight this Social problem including: County Commissioners Rick Shoch (Northumberland), Preston Boop (Union) And Joe Kantz (Snyder); State Representative Fred Keller and State Senator Gene Yaw along with others From the area who work in the field. We’ll also have a police drug dog demonstration from the Union County Sheriffs office.
Our Forum panel will be Taking your questions on this topic.
Our meeting time and place are the same: 7pm-8:30pm, Monday evening, February 12th, Best Western Meeting Rooms next door to Country Cupboard, Rt.15 north, Lewisburg.
There ARE solutions to this increasingly critical social problem. We hope to display them through this meeting. Many of our meetings are political in nature, but this problem crosses all political and social lines.
Please accept this invitation to attend. Admission, as always is free to all regular monthly meetings of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.