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Newt Gingrich and Howard Dean to Keynote Judson University’s 2018 World Leaders Forum

WLF 2018 Speakers(ELGIN, IL – October 19, 2017) Judson University announced today that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean will share the stage for the seventh World Leaders Forum on April 19, 2018. The event, titled “A bipartisan conversation about leadership in divided times,” marks the first time since 2011 that Gingrich and Dean have shared a stage. 

“In a world that is becoming increasingly politically divided, Judson University is honored to host a conversation highlighting the importance of civility in political discourse,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “We believe in presenting our campus and our community with a balanced approach to understanding divergent ideologies by fostering respectful dialogue.” 

Previous World Leaders Forum keynote speakers include former President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.  The goal of the World Leaders Forum is to offer Judson students and the Chicagoland community an opportunity to be inspired by significant thought leaders. Proceeds fund Judson Leadership Scholarships and innovative entrepreneurial activities as well as support ongoing operations of the World Leaders Forum.

The 2018 World Leaders Forum will feature a community event at 2 p.m. at the Judson University Herrick Chapel and a VIP reception in Chicago starting at 5 p.m. At both events, former Speaker Gingrich and former Governor Dean will engage in question-and-answer sessions. At the VIP event, guests will have a photo opportunity with Gingrich and Dean. 

Tickets to the VIP event and the Community event are available to the public. Tickets for Judson students, faculty, staff and alumni will be given first priority starting October 19. Tickets will be available to the community starting November 1. For ticketing and sponsorship information, visit 

About former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and served until 1999. During that time, he served as the House Minority Whip (1989-1995) and the 50th Speaker of the House (1995-1999). Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform, the first balanced budget in a generation, and the first tax cut in 16 years. In addition, the Congress restored funding to strengthen defense and intelligence capabilities, an action later lauded by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.

In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate for the Republican Party Presidential nomination. As an author, he has published 35 books, including 15 New York Times bestsellers. Today Newt Gingrich is a Fox News contributor. He is a senior advisor at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup. 

About former Governor Howard Dean 

Governor Dean gained national prominence as a U.S. Presidential candidate in 2004, and he served as the Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003. During that time, he created a record of promoting equality and opportunity for his constituency and employed a philosophy of fiscal responsibility – advocating low taxes, reduced government spending, and minimal government debt. His successes prompted Governing magazine to proclaim him "Public Official of the Year" in 2002. 

His leadership roles also include turns as chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference. He led the Democratic Party to success as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. He is credited with pioneering an energetic 50-state strategy and the development of 21st century campaign tools that helped Democrats make historic gains in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

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