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Begala to headline Union Forum luncheon March 7

CNN analyst Paul Begala will speak at Union University March 7.
CNN analyst Paul Begala will speak at Union University March 7.

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 3, 2012 – CNN political analyst Paul Begala will speak at Union University March 7 as part of the ongoing Union Forum luncheon lecture series.

Begala is the author of several best-selling books, including “Buck Up, Suck Up, and Come Back When You Foul Up” and “Is Our Children Learning?” He is also a columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast and helped establish the political magazine George.

His address at Union will take place the day after the Super Tuesday presidential primary.

The Sugar Land, Texas, native worked to direct political strategy in the 1992 Bill Clinton-Al Gore presidential campaign. He served as counselor to President Clinton and helped define the administration’s agenda on economic, domestic and international issues.

Begala is an affiliated professor of public policy at Georgetown University and in 2007 was named the prestigious Carl Sanders Distinguished Scholar in Political Leadership at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Begala received his bachelor’s degree in government and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also the student body president.

“It is our privilege in the spring of 2012 once again to host a well-known figure in the person of Paul Begala to speak to this most interesting political season in the life of our country,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “We look forward to welcoming Mr. Begala to Jackson and to Union University.”

For the past 12 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 Scott Rasmussen, 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, West Tennessee Healthcare, TLM Associates, The Jackson Sun and Trumbull Labs.

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

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

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