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Brown Bag Discussion with Paul Leonard

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In preparation for the 2020 presidential election, the Wright State University Retirees Association (WSURA) will be hosting its annual Brown Bag Discussion on Wednesday Oct. 23.

Leading this discussion is Paul Leonard, political science professor at Wright State University and the University of Dayton.

“Professor Leonard will return to the Retirees Association for a two-hour brown bag conversation on American politics. As a former Dayton mayor and Ohio Lieutenant Governor, he has deep grass roots experience to share,” said Donna

Schlagheck, professor emerita and event organizer.

Topics to be discussed are local and national issues, including the recent events that took place in Dayton.

There are many reasons for students to attend events covering political issues. Student should be aware of what is going on in politics, considering the role it plays for their futures.

“The issues covered will impact [students], often much more over their lifetime. For example, climate change, public support for affordable public college education, gun control, or a war and peace issue,” said Schlagheck.

A discussion such as this will serve as a great opportunity for students to not only educate themselves on the basics of politics, but to also have the chance to network with experienced professionals in the field.

“A well-informed citizen of any age will make better decisions when voting, can participate in social media political dialogue more effectively, resist misinformation, engage in more thoughtful and civil dialogue on complex issues and make smarter demands on their elected officials and governments,” said Schlagheck.

Engaging in a civil, societal conversation inspires knowledge, awareness and diplomacy among the current and future generations that will be impacted by and take part in political issues.

“[This] helps keep civil society alive, [which is] a critical part of democracy,” said Schlagheck.

The discussion will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Foundation Building 210.