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Ron Paul to speak at USF

Special to The Oracle

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul is scheduled to speak at USF on Nov. 19 in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom at 8 p.m. 

Paul, the third speaker for this semester’s University Lecture Series (ULS) sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, will be sharing his views with students about the need for limited government and more personal liberties, addressing these topics with experiences from his 23-year background in politics.

According to a press release from USF, “he’s expected to capture the attention of the audience by relating the occurrence of current national issues such as debt, privacy and freedom to the government’s neglect to follow the constitution.”

Athena Bressack, Center for Student Involvement coordinator, said ULS was interested in selecting a speaker they felt would compliment election season.

“This isn’t a book-signing tour or a campaign stop,” she said. “This is about getting young adults politically engaged.”

Paul, whose lecture will cost $40,000, served as a member of Congress in the 1970s and early 1980s, relinquishing his seat in 1984 to focus on his medical practice. He returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th district of Texas. 

Following a resignation from the Republican Party in 1987, Paul ran as a Libertarian in the 1988 presidential election, and returned to the Republican Party the following year, running for presidency again in 2008 and 2012.

Paul has written several best-selling books, most recently “The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System,” which he wrote with the intent of changing the way Americans think about the dysfunctional education system. 

Paul is following speakers Jane Goodall and Dustin Lance Black in this semester’s lecture series. The event is free and open to the public.