By Rayne Brown
Baylor will welcome Michael Gerson, columnist from The Washington Post, along with former U.S. congressman Chet Edwards on Tuesday to discuss how local communities can affect global issues.
The event is intended to inform Baylor students and the Waco community on changes they can make in their everyday lives to effect global change.
There will be a free dinner served at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall at Truett Seminary. The discussion, “Engaging Public Service: A conversation,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Powell Chapel. Business attire is required.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome two prominent public service people that have done a lot in their respective careers and so that’s great to hear from folks with interesting experience,” said Dr. Andy Hogue, director of Civic Education and Community Service Program.
The opening to make reservations for dinner closed Thursday, but students and guests who did not register for the dinner are welcome to attend the discussion afterward. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as the discussion segment is free and open to the community. The Dutton Avenue Office and Parking Facility and other campus parking will be available for the event.
The conversation will cover ways for people to participate in global change by getting involved in their own communities.
“It’ll be a bit of all of it,” Hogue said. “So we’ll talk about things like global poverty, which just sounds like a huge issue, but some real practical steps that we can take in our day to day walking around.”
The event will not specifically focus on the local community, but will offer local, everyday solutions to large-scale global issues.
“The hope is some practical advice on ways that we can improve the world,” Hogue said.
The discussion will not focus on ways politicians can help, but will look at ways everyone can help, Hogue said. “Not just things that politicians can do, things that all of us can do, ways that all of us can pitch in and make a difference in local communities or global communities with dealing with a lot of major issues that we have.”