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Rasmussen to speak at Union Forum March 16

Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports will speak at Union Forum March 16.
Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports will speak at Union Forum March 16.

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 20, 2011 – Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, will speak at Union University March 16 as part of the ongoing Union Forum luncheon lecture series.

Rasmussen Reports is one of the nation’s premier sources for public opinion information. Rasmussen has been an independent public opinion pollster since 1994 and is a frequent guest on FOX News, CNBC, BBC and other major media outlets.

He will address the topic, “Polling, 2010 Elections and America’s Future.”

While Rasmussen is most noted for his political polling, his company also provides extensive coverage of business, economic and lifestyle issues.

Rasmussen grew up in the broadcast business. Earlier in his career, he and his father founded ESPN, the cable sports network. He is the author of “In Search of Self-Governance” and co-author of a book about the impact of the Tea Party movement on U.S. politics.

Additionally, his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and other major publications.

“Scott Rasmussen's competent and capable work provides Americans with daily and up-to-the minute insights on key issues facing our country,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “It will be a privilege to welcome Mr. Rasmussen to the Union campus. I know his time with us will help us all better understand the ‘what’s,’ ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of polling and its influence for the media, politics and other aspects of our 21st century society.”

For the past 11 years, Union University has hosted some of the nation’s top speakers to address important political, social, business and religious topics. Previous speakers have included Rich Lowry, Robert Novak, Margaret Carlson, Fred Barnes, Clarence Page, David Brooks, Mark Shields, William Kristol, Norah O'Donnell, Stephen Carter, Katty Kay, Kay Coles James, Juan Williams, Robert P. George, Mort Kondracke, Alan Page, Peggy Wehmeyer, Michael Medved and others.

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Carl Grant Events Center on the Union campus. Tickets are $40 each, or $200 for a table of six.

Sponsors for this year’s Union Forum are First South Bank, TLM Associates, West Tennessee Healthcare, The Jackson Sun and Trumbull Laboratories LLC.

For more information, contact Union’s Office of University Relations at (731) 661-5050 or register online at www.uu.edu/events/unionforum/registration.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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