Spring Speakers Explore Government and Ethics

January 08, 2010

Spring Speakers Explore Government and Ethics Saint Leo University continues its Distinguished Speaker Series in the Spring Semester with two presentations focusing on the role of government and justice. The series theme is “Social Justice in Action.” 

The events are free and open to the public.

 The series presents “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, featuring well-known Lincoln interpreter Jim Getty in a one-man performance at the main campus.

As a historian, Getty brings accuracy and authenticity to his performances, and allows the audience to see the leadership skills of the Civil War president––a subject still widely studied today. Contemporary political writers have drawn parallels between President Barack Obama and Lincoln, for instance.

Getty’s appearance is been scheduled for the week as Lincoln’s birthday, February 12. His birth year was 1809. 

The final speaker in the series for 2009-2010 is Coleen Rowley, the former FBI agent who brought to light pre-9/11shortcomings in our nation’s intelligence community, and came to be known in the national media as an important “whistleblower.” The task of intelligence gathering remains of utmost importance to national security: Rowley’s appearance at Saint Leo, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, comes only weeks after federal intelligence agencies are reviewing possible oversights in the tracking of the Christmas Day 2009 attempted airline bombing. Her March 3 presentation is called “Blowing the Whistle on the FBI.” Rowley is now retired from the FBI and speaks frequently on ethical decision-making, and on balancing civil liberties with the need for effective investigation.

The Speaker Series events are held in the Student Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

To suggest a speaker for the 2010-2011 academic year, contact Fine Arts Events Director Allyson Marino at allyson.marino@saintleo.edu.