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Bipartisan slate of speakers set for CC Presidential Symposium

August 24, 2016 Updated: August 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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Interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile, left, and former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich are among the speakers scheduled to appear in this year's Sondermann Presidential Symposium, presented by Colorado College.

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is among the political experts who will participate in this year's Sondermann Presidential Symposium presented by Colorado College.

The liberal arts college just north of downtown Colorado Springs offers the event every four years before the presidential election.

The symposium includes a panel discussion featuring well-known commentators and analysts and a taping of "Washington Week." All events are open to the public. Some are free and some require tickets.

The symposium kicks off at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 with political strategist and interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile and concludes Nov. 2 with Gingrich's presentation.

Other speakers include David Axelrod, Eric Sondermann, Vince Bzdek, Bob Loevy, Tom Cronin, Gwen Ifill and Jamelle Bouie.

The symposium is named for Fred Sondermann, who started the event in 1968 and taught political science at CC from 1953 until his death in 1978.

Brazile will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

A free symposium panel, "Colorado Politics 2016: The Big Races and the Ballot Issues," will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave. Panelists will include Sondermann, a political consultant, Denver TV commentator and aide to former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm; Bzdek, author, editor-in-chief of The Gazette and a former editor at The Washington Post; Loevy, author of 10 books on elections, the presidency and Colorado; and Cronin, McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at CC.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 6, Axelrod, former chief strategist and senior adviser to President Barack Obama, will discuss "Uncharted Waters: The Campaign of 2016." Also free, the event will be in Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

PBS newscaster Ifill will tape the Colorado editions of "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill" and "Washington Week EXTRA" from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sept. 9 at Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

The doors will close at 12:30 p.m., with taping beginning at 12:45 p.m.

The event is free, but space is limited and tickets are required. Go to rmpbs.org/events for ticket information.

The programs will air on Rocky Mountain PBS that evening at 7 and 7:30.

Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine, will speak in a free presentation at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

Gingrich, a Fox News contributor and author of 27 books, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. Tickets will be required but are not yet available.

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