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Speaker event provides opportunity for community engagement, civic dialogue

Augsburg CampusAs an academic institution, Augsburg College seeks to provide students an open platform to learn, listen, and engage through civil dialogue on a wide range of topics and with speakers from many backgrounds.

Stanley Hubbard, the chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, will speak to a sold-out event at Augsburg College at 5 p.m., November 13, in Sateren Auditorium.

The event is part of an ongoing executive speaker series that provides an open platform for students to hear about the vocational path of Minnesota executives and to have the chance to ask questions that sometimes are difficult or that may come at times that are difficult based upon current events or for other reasons. This series typically is open to alumni and the general public.

Hosting a speaker on campus is not an endorsement of a speaker’s comments or business practices. The November 13 event is a unique learning opportunity for our community to engage with a topic that is in the news right now and wrestle – first-hand – with very important ideas and issues relevant to today’s world. This topic has engaged people throughout the nation in talking about issues related to race, power, and ethics. It is a unique opportunity for our community to ask questions about the situation and to practice civil dialogue.

The College has communicated with student leaders who are organizing a demonstration before the event to establish a safe location for the expression of their opinions while, at the same time, ensuring a positive experience for participants attending the event to hear the speaker’s comments. The sidewalk outside of Anderson Music Hall has been designated as a demonstration area in order to maintain safe clearance and passage into the building. Because we also want to ensure attendees of the event have the chance to hear and see the speaker, signs that may obstruct the view of attendees will not be allowed into the auditorium. And, because of space restrictions, only ticket holders for the event will be allowed in the building.

The speaker series for which Hubbard is on campus is offered three times annually, and has featured Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab; Richard Davis, CEO of US Bancorp; Chris Policinski, CEO of Land O’Lakes, Mary Brainerd, CEO HealthPartners and many others.

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