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Centennial Institute extends invitation to CMU students to join political forum

Political analyst Michael Barone to discuss changing of political parties through time

Colorado Mesa University students and the CMU Civic Forum received an open invitation from the Centennial Institute to engage national journalist and commentator Michael Barone on April 20 at 5pm via Zoom or YouTube. The Centennial Institute is a Christian based think-tank at Colorado Christian University.  

Forum Speaker Michael Barone

Barone is a guest of the Centennial Institute and will discuss his latest book. How America’s Political Parties Change (and How they Don’t) is Barones’ latest work and explores the validity of continual calls that one or both of the major political parties is “going out of existence” each time a party faces situational challenges.

CMU Professor of Political Science Justin Gollob, PhD, plans to join the conversation and encourages students of all political dispositions to do the same during this time of social isolation.

“Just because there are limits to physical proximity doesn't mean that we have limits on our social debate and discourse,” said Gollob. “This is a chance for students to agree with, challenge, dispute or just listen in with a long-standing American political commentator. We thank the institute for including our students during this time of social distancing.”

Jeff Hunt is the Centennial Institute Director and continually looks for opportunities to engage other institutions, universities or political think tanks to facilitate diverse dialogues that include different perspectives. 

“We are grateful to have students from Colorado Mesa University joining us for this presentation. The opportunity to collaborate with other universities is a priority for the Centennial Institute, and we look forward to other projects we can work on together,” said Hunt.

In addition to his current publication, Barone is co-author of The Almanac of American Politics and is former veteran reporter for U.S News and World Report.

Students interested in joining the discussion can sign up with the Centennial Institute through Zoom or YouTube. A link is available at the CMU Civic Forum webpage.

The CMU Civic Forum has explored speaking partnerships with the Aspen Institute, Steamboat Institute and now the Centennial Institute. Other regional or Colorado institutes, think tanks and foundations interested in promoting civic engagement thought the CMU Civic Forum can submit their ideas here. Previous Centennial Institute issue forums can be found here

Attendees interested in participating are encouraged to arrive in the virtual forum ten minutes prior the scheduled program. 


Written by David Ludlam