William J. Bennett To Speak at ACU, Chamber Banquet

for immediate release May 6, 1998

Dr. William J. Bennett, called one of the most influential people in America, will speak at Abilene Christian University and the Abilene Chamber of Commerce this fall.

ACU's Center for Advancement of Community and the Abilene Chamber joined together to bring the former U.S. Secretary of Education and author of "The Book of Virtues" to Abilene.

The prominent author and lecturer will speak to local teachers and students at ACU at a late-afternoon session Oct. 1.

That evening, Bennett will address the business community as keynote speaker for the Annual Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting and Banquet.

"Dr. Bennett represents some of the best thinking on what we need to be doing as a society and as a community," said Dr. Gary McCaleb, Abilene mayor and executive director of ACU's Center for Advancement of Community. "He has emerged as one of America's most respected cultural and political leaders."

Joe Crawford, chairman of the board of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, heard him speak in Austin earlier in this year: "He was outstanding and we felt he would be an excellent keynote speaker for the Chamber banquet."

Bennett has now taken a leading role in cleaning up America's popular culture, specifically his successful campaigns against certain kinds of gangsta rap music and trash television talk shows. His popular books include "Our Sacred Honor," "The Children's Book of Heroes," "The Children's Book of Virtues," and "The Book of Virtues," which has been made into an animated series aired on PBS.

Bennett brings a distinguished academic background, including a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Texas and a law degree from Harvard University.

"We're pleased to bring Dr. Bennett to Abilene as another distinguished speaker in a series that's included Dr. James Dobson, Michael Medved and Congressman J.C. Watts," said McCaleb, ACU vice president.

Bennett currently serves as a John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and co-director of Empower America. His wife, Elayne, and his two sons, John and Joseph, live in Chevy Chase, Md.

Tickets will not be available until early fall. For other details, please call McCaleb's ACU office at 674-2156.

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Last update: May 6, 1998