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Leadership Lecture Series

The Leadership Lecture Series provides an exploration of leadership through stories and experiences shared by guest speakers. Students are invited to discuss and engage in political, cultural diversity, and economic issues as well as popular trends and topics that shape and affect their communities. The views expressed by our visiting artists, guests, or lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of UNCW. Recent guests include Jerry Greenfield, Scott Dikkeres and Piper Kerman. Lectures are held in Burney Center. Tickets available through Sharky's Box Office.

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Spring 2018 

Sally Kohn & Tara Setmayer, CNN Political Commentators


Monday, March 19, 2018

7 p.m.

Burney Center 

Co-Sponsored by the Mimi Cunningham Speaker Series Endowment of the Department of Communication Studies & Women's Resource Center

Noted progressive Sally Kohn and conservative Tara Setmayer bring their spirited debate from television broadcasts to live audiences to tackle some of the biggest issues of the day. In unique and engaging presentations, Kohn and Setmayer offer valuable insight and thought-provoking perspective on partisan issues ranging from climate change and Wall Street largesse to Black Lives Matter and tax cuts. Frequent sparring partners as Political Commentators on CNN, Kohn and Setmayer are as partisan as it gets—yet value relationships and civility over dogma, demonstrating that it is possible to “disagree without being disagreeable” with intelligence and humor.

Recognized as one of the leading progressive voices in America, CNN Political Commentator and Columnist for the Daily Beast, Sally Kohn is known for her provocative, candid commentary and humorous, nonconformist spin on today’s most important political, social and business issues. She is ranked by Mediaite as one of the 100 most influential pundits on television and by the Advocate as the 35th most influential LGBT person in the media.

CNN Political Commentator Tara Setmayer is known for her conservative perspective and no-nonsense commentary and analysis on political issues that impact America’s future. She has appeared on leading media outlets including FOX News, HBO, CNN, C-SPAN, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. A former Communications Director on Capitol Hill, she previously served as a political trainer for GOPAC, a conservative organization specializing in educating, organizing and training grassroots Republicans aspiring to run for public office across the country.


Available starting August 16 in Sharky's Box Office and Game room

FREE for UNCW students, faculty and staff

$10 general public

$8 with Military ID