Karl Rove to speak at Concordia College in Moorhead

Karl Rove, the controversial adviser to former President George W. Bush, will speak at Concordia College in Moorhead Sept. 29.

The event is sponsored by two conservative student groups and funded by private donors, said the Fargo Forum.

Ben Sand, president of the Concordia Conservatives group, said many on campus are excited about Rove’s visit, which will be open to the public.

“It’s not often you get a political figure of his stature in this area,” said Sand, a junior majoring in political science and English.

But not everyone’s excited about the visit.

A Facebook group called “Rove doesn’t reflect my campus’ values” with more than 70 members has generated discussion this week.

Erik Hatlestad, a member of the group and vice president of the Campus Democrats, said some students have expressed “near outrage” about Rove’s visit.

“The kind of tactics he stands for are something the college and the United States in general should not be embracing or condoning,” said Hatlestad, a sophomore political science major.

In the past, speakers at Concordia have included Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke and Walter Mondale.

The day after Rove’s speech at Concordia, he’ll be inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot, N.D.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 09/10/2009 - 11:41 am.

    A roving Rove soon to be roaming in Dakota country?

    1:Keep him on a leash, please, on Concordia campus and carry a plastic bag to pick up after him. Come-stay-heel…but be sure he has his distemper shot.

    2: And then to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Minot’s Scandinavin Hostfest? Rove is to joining the ‘fame’ list with names like former media-statesman Eric Severeid?

    They must be running out of Scandi-Americans of worth; or the panel choosing was high on brandied lutefisk.

    Forget Rove. Better to choose the more honorable pickled herring.

    But note the new Norwegian delicacy on the menu called…

    Take a round piece of dough. Flatten it with your fist. Dip in hot oil until brown. Sprinkle with sugar and if you can…swallow whole.

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 09/10/2009 - 11:51 am.

    Universities are in the business of demonstrating the value of truly free speech, and having Karl Rove as a speaker is in the best of that tradition.

    I hope that a full range of issues might be respectfully discussed during his presentation, including:

    1-revealing what role Mr. Rove played in outing Valerie Plame as a CIA clandestine operative?

    2-revealing what role Mr. Rove played in the politization of federal attorney offices throughout the United States?

    3-revealing what role Mr. Rove played in falsely raised threat levels, lies about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction, and other fabrications about national security that were offered to the American people by the Bush Administration?

    4-revealing what role Mr. Rove played in the administration’s choice to violate US law and international treaties by torturing people held captive by the US government?

    Let the free, orderly respectful speech unfold!

  3. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 09/10/2009 - 01:47 pm.

    Four great points, respectfully appreciated. But there’s got to be more?

    So too, in honor of the man, Karl, in his autumn season:

    “When the leaves fall
    We see the bodies
    Of those who were hanged.
    But only then.”…
    “I Noticed Somewhere Before”, a puzzle poem by the late, great, plains poet Thomas McGrath

  4. Submitted by Mac Riddel on 09/10/2009 - 01:50 pm.

    Howard, do you really believe that the students of Concordia or the local public are going to ask such thought-provoking questions of Rove? Even if they do, do you really think he will respond with an enlightened answer?

    Rove is the king of twisting the truth for his own benefit. Nothing good can come of his speaking engagement, except for his undeserved speaking fee.

    I am an alumni of Concordia College and greatly offended that my alma mater is sponsoring such a disgusting person. Him walking on the same campus I attended for 4 years is a slap in the face. Never would I have expected Concordia to allow this to happen. Hopefully enough people complain so that this school can come to its senses and cancel this engagement.

  5. Submitted by Howard Miller on 09/10/2009 - 02:27 pm.

    Hello Mac

    Don’t know what the audience may actually ask. However, it will surely be a more open forum than any Mr. Rove attended while Mr. Bush was president, and more open than any discussion on Fox network he is involved in … so color me an optimist. If there are enough conservative students at your alma mater to invite the likes of him, there are also liberals, Christian and not, who focus on the social justice message of Jesus – those folks may ask the more pointed questions, push for more honest answers too.

    If Mr. Rove spins his answers as before, that too screams something about his integrity, and it will be in plain view for all to see.

  6. Submitted by Marlin Henjum on 09/10/2009 - 02:56 pm.

    What a double shock! Not only is Bush’s Brain appearing on the campus of my alma mater, he’s also a Norwegian Lutheran! Maybe Karl has reviewed Luther’s Small Catechism and is beginning a search for redemption. He needs it! As to the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in Minot, is this maybe one of those Ole and Lena jokes and you forgot the punch line?

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