Margaret Hoover’s “A New Generation of Conservatives” Lecture to Launch ‘The Common Ground’ Lecture Series
Just 33 days in advance of the critical midterm elections, Republican political commentator Margaret Hoover will address a spectrum of contentious issues on Wed., October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Quick Center’s Open VISIONS Forum’s timely ‘Espresso’ talks, Hoover’s visit to campus will be the first lecture of The Common Ground series. The genesis for The Common Ground series comes from Richard A. Greenwald, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Appealing to the pragmatism of the millennial generation, Hoover has straddled a number of ‘hot button’ topics from her point of view as a conservative Republican. Many came to first know her on Bill O’Reilly’s “Culture Warrior” segment, where she offered fresh viewpoints on the news, popular culture, and traditional conservative values.
Her 2011 book, How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, delves into feminist, gay rights, and pluralistic topics with a refreshingly candid series of strategic views.
More recently Hoover has presented insightful commentary on CNN, speaking on mainstream Republican positions in conflict with policies of the Trump administration. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she served in the administration of President George W. Bush working on Intergovernmental Affairs.
Dr. Greenwald notes, “As a culture, we have seemingly lost the ability to have a civil dialog on important issues. We are divided and isolated, and as a result democracy suffers. The Common Ground series is an effort to bring back that civil dialog and debate – to showcase important voices and demonstrate civility in the process.”
Fulfilling the University’s mission to engage students and community in the “life of the mind” and in the Jesuit principles of 'Examen,' The Common Ground series presents an opportunity to review and reflect upon core principles.
“We launch this series with Margaret Hoover, host of the reboot of PBS Firing Line, a show originally hosted by William F. Buckley, who debated important issues and ideas with opponents. Hoover, a journalist and great granddaughter of the 31st U.S. president, Herbert Hoover, will join a panel of faculty to discuss the world today,” Dr. Greenwald explains.