Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, will visit the Colleges and describe “The Next 25 Years in American Politics” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in Albright Auditorium. Norquist is one of the most connected members of the new Right-Wing movement. He has close ties to the Republican Party, large U.S. business interests, and both the subsidized and regular U.S. media. He is said to “truly represent the nexus of politics, business and media.” The event will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM 89.7/90.3 and on the Web at www.weos.org, and it will also be sign language interpreted.
Norquist will also visit classes while he's on campus. He will be a guest of Professor Craig Rimmerman’s Introduction to American Politics Class, at 1:45 p.m. in Coxe 8, and of Professor Rimmerman's Democratic Theory Class, at 3:15 p.m. in Coxe 8. Following the classroom, Norquist will meet with members of the Colleges Republicans and Colleges Democrats clubs, at 4:45 p.m. in Delancy House.
Norquist was on the campaign staffs of the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Republican Platform Committees, and formerly served as executive director of the College Republicans. As president of Americans for Tax Reform, a not-for-profit that opposes higher taxes at both the federal and state levels, he helped the Heritage Foundation write the Republican's 1994 Contract with America. Shortly thereafter, he vowed to hunt down liberal groups one by one and extinguish their funding sources.
Norquist has also worked in policy positions for other Republicans, including serving on the National Commission Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service.
In addition, Norquist writes a monthly politics column for the American Spectator magazine, and frequently speaks at regional and state think tanks of the movement. He is also well-connected with large scale U.S. business interests, having served as economist and chief speech writer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as interested community members. The talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend.