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George, Carlson headline Union Forum

Robert George (left) and Margaret Carlson will be the featured speakers for this year's Union Forum.
Robert George (left) and Margaret Carlson will be the featured speakers for this year's Union Forum.

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 13, 2006 – An acclaimed legal scholar and a national columnist will visit Union University this spring to provide their insights into the judicial nomination process and the changing U.S. Supreme Court.

Robert George and Margaret Carlson will be keynote speakers for the 2006 Union Forum lecture series. George will visit Union Thursday, March 16, while Carlson will be on campus April 6.

Each will address the subject, “Judicial Appointments and the U.S. Supreme Court.”

George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and formerly served as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

George is the author of “In Defense of Natural Law,” “Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality” and “The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis.” He has published numerous scholarly articles and book reviews.

Carlson was named a columnist for Time magazine in February 1994. Her column, “Public Eye,” makes Carlson the first woman columnist in the magazine’s 76-year history.

Prior to being named a columnist, Carlson served as the magazine’s deputy Washington bureau chief, and became White House correspondent in 1992. She is a frequent panelist on national political programs such as CNN’s “Inside Politics” and was a regular on “The Capital Gang” during its lengthy run.

Carlson has extensively covered the last three presidential campaigns. Currently she is on the board of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. She wrote the book “Anyone Can Grow Up: How George Bush and I Made It to the White House.”

The luncheons begin at 11:45 a.m. each day. Tickets are $25 each, or $125 for a table of six. A table for both luncheons is $200. Online registration is available at www.uu.edu/events/unionforum/2006.

Now in its eighth year, Union Forum is sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation, TLM Associates, West Tennessee Healthcare and The Jackson Sun.

For more information, contact Union’s Office of University Relations at (731) 661-5050.

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

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