Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to speak at USD

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to speak at USD
Newt Gingrich, former congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, is coming to The University of South Dakota on Monday, April 10 for the inaugural Edmund Burke Lecture.

Gingrich will be available for a question and answer forum with students at 4 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall, followed by his "Lessons on Leadership" presentation at 8 p.m. in Slagle Auditorium. Both appearances are free and open to the public.

Gingrich is widely recognized for his "Contract with America" which led to a Republican Party victory in 1994 by winning the majority of the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. Under his leadership, Congress passed tax cuts, welfare reform, and restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities.

An avid worker for a better healthcare system, Gingrich played a role in saving Medicare from bankruptcy, and prompted an FDA reform to help the seriously ill. The March of Dimes awarded him "Georgia Citizen of the Year."

Gingrich was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1995 for his exceptional achievements in politics.

"Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs to the category of the exceptional," said the magazine in its analysis of his career.

Gingrich has become one of the most highly sought-after public speakers, as well as the author of 10 books, many of which are best sellers. Gingrich is considered to be not only an electrifying and captivating public speaker, but his lectures also provide inspiration and excitement, regardless of whether or not you agree with what he has to say.

The first-ever Edmund Burke Lecture was made possible through a donation by Jim Bunt, an Aberdeen, native and USD alumnus. In what's hoped to be an annual lecture series, the event is named after the champion of conservatism Edmund Burke.

Burke, of Irish descent, was a lawyer, writer and politician, considered one of the foremost political thinkers of 18th century England. He is remembered most for his criticism of the French Revolution and is regarded as the "father" of modern conservatism.

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