October 8, 2020

‘Promise of a Just America’ panel rescheduled to Wednesday (Oct. 14)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Four prominent political commentators will participate in a panel discussion of “Promise of a Just America” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 14). The panel discussion is part of the “Pursuing Racial Justice Together” series by Purdue University’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

The panel, moderated by Juan Williams of Fox News, will include Ana Navarro, Amy Holmes and Michael Steele.

Navarro, a political strategist and commentator, serves as a weekly guest on ABC’s “The View.” She has advised politicians such as Jeb Bush, John McCain and John Huntsman.

Holmes, a journalist and political commentator, serves as a co-host of PBS’ “In Principle” and writes for the conservative Swiss publication, Die Weltwoche. She is a former senior speech writer for former Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee).

Steele is the former chair of the Republican National Committee and former lieutenant governor of Maryland. During his time as lieutenant governor, he worked on issues of expanding minority-owned businesses and addressed issues of racial disparities in health care, education and employment.

Williams is a journalist and political analyst with Fox News. He is an author who writes about the absence of truth-telling and honest debate in contemporary political discourse in books such as “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.”

Those interested may visit the program’s website and register for virtual tickets and admission instructions. Deadline for registration is 3 p.m. the day of the event.

Writer, Media contact: Matthew Oates, 765-586-7496 (cell), oatesw@purdue.edu, @mo_oates

Sources: John Gates, jfgates@purdue.edu

Kate Walker, katewalker@purdue.edu

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