Union University is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Season of the Union Forum. A luncheon round-table for conversation with the nation’s leaders and thinkers.

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Check the dictionary and you will find these words relating to the term FORUM: meeting, debate, dialogue, discussion, round table, discourse.

What more important year for our community to enter the consideration of national events affecting our lives, businesses, governance and world.

Our two guest speakers this year were selected just for this time and its historic significance.

Luncheons are held in the Coburn Dining Room of the Barefoot Student Union Building on the campus of Union University.

The luncheons begin at 11:45 a.m. Each table provides seating for six persons.

For additional information and table or seat reservations, please contact Union’s office of Institutional Advancement at 1-731-661-5050 or 1-800-338-6644.

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This Season's Speakers

Mark Shields
March 4, 2004

“The wittiest political journalist in America”
-Wall Street Journal

“A walking almanac of American politics”
 -Washington Post

Speaking on the topic of “The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Shields,” on March 4, Mr. Shields will discuss the upcoming presidential election.

Mr. Shields has that unique ability to make audiences laugh and think. His frequently quoted wit is grounded in the wisdom of 30 years covering American politics. Topical and on the cutting edge, his observations emerge from a career spanning the administrations of eight presidents.

Syndicated columnist and author, Mark Shields is the principal political analyst on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and moderator of CNN’s The Capital Gang. As one of the most respected journalists in Washington, he charms audiences with humor and wisdom. He is the author of On The Campaign Trail.

David Brooks
April 1, 2004

“Mr. Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion.”
-The Leigh Bureau

On April 1, Mr. Brooks will address the Union Forum with a look at the United States 2004 Presidential Election. Mr. Brooks is considered to be a knowledgeable interpreter of present day politics and its implications on our society. He now writes a bi-weekly Op-Ed column for the New York Times. His Saturday column aims for humor, social commentary and the lighter side of the news. He is also a regular analyst on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Mr. Brooks spent nine years with the Wall Street Journal where posts included op-ed editor, Middle-Eastern, Russian, European and South Africa correspondent and editor of the Book Review. His works have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Smart Money, The New Republic, U.S. News and World Report and the National Review.