Great Issues Forum


There is no Great Issues Forum scheduled for 2015.

The Great Issues Forum at St. John's College features a distinguished speaker who contributes to meaningful conversation on issues of national and global importance. Sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College, past speakers have included:

  • Sandra Day O’Connor, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Thomas Kean, former governor of New Jersey and co- chair of the 911 Commission Report
  • Elliot Richardson, advisor for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign during the 2000 election
  • Arthur Ashe, tennis champion and activist

The most recent program was held on September 6, 2014 and featured Pulitzer Prize-winning professor Jack Rakove, who spoke on the topic “Vices in our Political System – In Madison’s Time and Ours.”  Readings were from The Federalist.

The Great Issues program typically includes a keynote speech, seminars on a reading related to the speaker’s selected topic, and a buffet lunch.

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