Giuliani at On Topic

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani acknowledges delegates' applause during the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, Wednesday, September 3, 2008. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

People wishing to see tonight’s On Topic conversation with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr at 7 p.m. are still in luck.
Even though tickets to see Giuliani in Waco Hall are no longer available, students and members of the public may still get tickets to see the conversation streamed live in Roxy Grove. Tickets, which are free, can be picked up at the Bill Daniel Student Center ticket office.
“We are committed to bringing international and national leaders to Baylor’s campus,” said the Assistant Vice President of Media Communications, Lori Fogleman.
Giuliani is widely known for his leadership of New York City both before and after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Giuliani’s achievements in cleaning up New York City’s crime scene and his response to 9/11 definitely make his visit worth attending,” said Belleville senior Caleb Byrd.
After a life in the public sector both as mayor and as a 2008 presidential candidate, Giuliani became a partner in the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani. He is also a partner of Giuliani Partners, which is a strategic consulting firm.
Giuliani will bring leadership experience and international expertise to his conversation with Starr.
Members of the university and the Waco community are invited to hear him speak on his wide-ranging experiences.
Although tickets to the event are free to students and members of the Waco community, Waco Hall is already at capacity. A live stream of the conversation will be played in Roxy Grove. Tickets to the Roxy Grove presentation can still be picked up at the Bill Daniel Student Center Ticket Office. Fogleman encourages all students to attend.
“It’s easy to become spellbound,” Fogleman said. “The conversations are quite compelling.”
The On Topic series is only as compelling and popular as it is because of President Starr’s involvement, Fogleman said. It is his own public experience and credibility that has brought so many illustrious guests to Baylor to open up in conversation.
The On Topic series, which occurs once each fall and spring semester, brings policymakers, public intellectuals and other world leaders to Baylor to discuss important contemporary issues with President Starr. Past guests have included the first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Bringing in these guests, who have also included public intellectual and author Os Guiness and journalist Juan Williams, can take years of preparation. Many of them are booked up to years in advance, and their schedules must also be reconciled with those of Starr and the university.
“We are committed to bringing national and international leaders to the On Topic series,” Fogleman said. “Our guests are leaders in our world who’ve played significant roles in public policy, government and as public intellectuals.”