Wheaton College to host Jan. 18 conversation with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Politics & International Relations Department at Wheaton College presents "Living Faithfully in the Public Square: A Conversation with Sen. Ben Sasse and Gov. Bill Haslam" at 7 p.m.

The Nebraska senator and the former Tennessee governor will reflect on the role of Christian higher education in cultivating a faithful presence in the public square.

The evening's discussion will be moderated by Wheaton College President Phil Ryken.

Sasse received his doctorate in American history from Yale University. Invested in higher education, Sasse has both taught at the University of Texas and served as the 15th President of Midland University before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. A member of the intelligence, judiciary, finance, and budget committees, he is focused on the future of work, the future of war, and the First Amendment. He is the author of several books including his latest, "Them: Why We Hate Each Other - and How to Heal."

Haslam served as the Governor of Tennessee from 2011-2019, previously serving two terms as the 67th Mayor of Knoxville. Haslam focused on job creation and long-term economic growth as his top priorities in office, followed by education reform and workforce development. Before serving as an elected official, Haslam had an extensive career at Pilot Corporation, his family owned gas station business, expanding the workforce from 800 employees to over 14,000. More recently, Haslam became a visiting professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

This event is free and open to the public.

It will take place in Armerding Center for Music and the Arts Concert Hall, Room 190, 520 E. Kenilworth Ave. in Wheaton.

For more information, contact Donna Struthers at (630) 752-5129 or


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