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**NOTE: Events are unticketed. Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early.

In advance of the U.S. presidential election, Whitman is hosting a special political speaker series on campus featuring veteran political commentators David Brooks and Ray Suarez.

From their perspectives, they will address key issues of the upcoming election, including the economy, domestic policy and the relationship between politics and religion in America. Each speaker represents a different point on the political spectrum.

Brooks, a political analyst best known for his op-eds in The New York Times, will present Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Suarez is a veteran broadcast journalist and senior correspondent for The NewsHour on PBS. He will speak Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public and the media. 

"This is a series that I hope will capture the interest and curiosity of our wider community and fuel thoughtful discussions campus wide," said President George Bridges.

Whitman politics professors Paul Apostolidis and Shampa Biswas will serve as moderators, and both lectures will be followed by Q&A and book signing sessions.

Whitman is also providing a live screening of the presidential debate Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium. Politics professor Susanne Beechey will moderate a Townhall discussion immediately following.

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Gillian Frew
Media Relations Officer
Whitman College
(509) 527-4917