DIVERSE IDEAS. BROAD IMPACT. The University of Richmond is celebrating its commitment to advancing dialogue on topics crucial to the nation and global society with the 2017-18 Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series. President Ronald A. Crutcher will engage prominent thought leaders with unique and different perspectives on hotly debated issues of our time, including free speech, immigration, and identity. Join us for the second event in this year's series, a conversation with the candidates in the Virginia gubernatorial election.
A CONVERSATION WITH THE CANDIDATES
Ralph Northam, Virginia Lieutenant Governor
Ed Gillespie, Former Republican National Committee Chair
Ralph Northam is currently serving as the lieutenant governor of Virginia. He has served as an Army doctor and business owner. He is a pediatric neurologist, and for 18 years he has volunteered as medical director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth, where he cares for terminally ill children. He chairs the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success and the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.
Ed Gillespie is a business owner, longtime conservative leader and a Republican candidate for governor in 2017. The son of an Irish immigrant, Ed started his career as a Senate parking lot attendant and eventually worked his way up to become counselor to President George W. Bush. He is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and the Republican National Committee. In 2004 he was the first GOP chairman in 80 years to preside over a party that won the White House, House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He was general chairman of Bob McDonnel’s highly successful campaign for governor in 2009.
Visit www.richmond.edu/sharp for more information about tickets and event logistics. Ticketing will open Sept. 20.
The Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series is a program of the Office of the President and the Richmond Scholars Program. The series was established in 2011 in honor of Richard L. Sharp, a nationally recognized entrepreneur, to present competing views on topics crucial to our nation and global society.