Steve Forbes, Charles Murray to visit NU as College Republicans’ fall speakers


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Steve Forbes formally announces to his supporters his withdrawal from the 2000 presidential race in Washington, D.C. College Republicans announced Thursday that Forbes will speak on campus on Nov. 6.

Elizabeth Byrne, Assistant Campus Editor

Steve Forbes, editor in chief and chairman of Forbes Media, will be the annual fall speaker for Northwestern College Republicans, the group announced Thursday.

The event, titled “Business, Media and Politics in 2017,” will be held in Fisk Hall on Nov. 6 and will be open to the public, the release said.

Forbes formerly campaigned for the Republican nomination for president in 1996 and 2000. He currently writes editorials for Forbes, whose magazine has an international circulation of about one million, according to the Forbes website.

“He’s a really great fit for students here because of his really strong connections to the business and the media world as the editor in chief of Forbes,” Grant Papastefan, vice president of College Republicans, told The Daily.

College Republicans also announced a Nov. 1 lunch event with political scientist and author Charles Murray. The event will be held in Parkes Hall and is open to only NU students and faculty, according to the release.

Papastefan told The Daily the group normally doesn’t have two fall speakers, but invited Murray to campus because he was in the area. College Republicans also thought it would be a nice opportunity for students interested in the “nitty gritty” political science side of the election, Papastefan said.

In March, students at Middlebury College protested an event where Murray was scheduled to speak about his book “Coming Apart,” which examines the white working class.

Papastefan, a former Daily columnist, said College Republicans tries to invite speakers to campus that it believes have views worth hearing, and the group encourages students who may not agree with those views to attend its events.

“Unlike other schools who get really bad national press attention, Northwestern seems to have a really good habit of respecting these speakers and allowing them to share their opinions and have a meaningful dialogue,” the Bienen junior said.

Tickets for both events will be available through the Norris Box Office next week.

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