Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will speak Friday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The subject: “A Vision for America’s Future.”
He made similar speeches in 2012, during his short presidential run.
Organizers say Pawlenty will “also reflect on key turning points in his career in public life” during the 11:45 a.m. speech at the college’s Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons. Pawlenty’s appearance is part of a new Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf, created earlier this year with a $150,000 grant from the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation.
St. Olaf President David R. Anderson decided to use the money for the cross-disciplinary institute dedicated to improving the quality of public discourse.
The college said:
The institute will also incorporate the principle of civil disagreement into the academic program and campus life at St. Olaf. An annual symposium will address a significant public policy issue and encourage the exchange of divergent ideas. Through the institute, nationally prominent thinkers, activists, and leaders will be invited to campus during the academic year to learn alongside St. Olaf faculty and students.
The first speaker in the institute program was Javier Morillo, a political strategist and media commentator, who spoke in January on immigration, labor and politics.