Former Congressmen to be quizzed by University of Leicester students

Posted by ap507 at Nov 11, 2015 12:44 PM |
Centre for American Studies to host Democrat Jim Moran and Republican Tom Petri on 12 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 November 2015

Two former members of Congress, the national legislative body of the United States, will discuss issues surrounding the upcoming US presidential elections at the University of Leicester.

Jim Moran (Democrat, Virginia) and Tom Petri (Republican, Wisconsin) will be taking part in a Congress to Campus event organised by the University’s Centre for American Studies on Thursday 12 November 2015 at 11.00am in the Astley Clarke Building Ground Floor Lecture Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Congress to Campus sees former members of the US Congress come to the UK to speak to students about how American politics works. This year will see a focus on the developing presidential election race as well as the ongoing clashes between the Obama White House and the Republican controlled Congress.

This year’s visiting former members of Congress are Tom Petri, who served as a Republican member of the House, representing the 6th district in Wisconsin from 1979 to 2015, and Jim Moran, a Democrat representing the 8th district in Virginia, from 1991 to 2015.

The event is supported by the Eccles Centre at the British Library and the US Embassy.

Dr Alex Waddan from the Centre for American Studies said: “We’re really pleased to be hosting Tom and Jim, who were both longstanding members of Congress. I hope our students and members of the public gain a great deal of insight from their personal experiences.”

For further details contact: Dr Alex Waddan, Centre for American Studies, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH 


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