Nicholls faculty to debate first year of President Trump

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites the community to campus next week as faculty discuss U.S. President Donald Trump.


President Trump’s first year in office will be the topic of debate at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Peltier Auditorium.

“College faculty are often stereotyped as far left radicals and while those professors certainly exist, you’ll also find faculty who aren’t so easily pigeonholed as being on the right or on the left politically,” said Dr. Paul Wilson, Department of History and Geography head. “I want students and others who attend to notice that faculty at Nicholls have varied political beliefs and the courage to defend and promote them in front of the public.”

Dr. Wilson, Interdisciplinary Studies Department Head Dr. Allen Alexander, finance professor Dr. Shari Lawrence, political science professor Dr. Rusty Thysell and political science department chair Dr. David Whitney will discuss four to five prepared questions, and then the audience will be allowed to ask questions related to the topic.

Panelists will engage in honest debate and not just simply support their political team, Dr. Wilson said.

Dr. Whitney said the topic was chosen due to the impact the U.S. President has on the everyday lives of the country’s residents.

“We live in a democratic republic and our representatives are a direct reflection of us. An informed, active citizenry is the best defense against tyranny and corruption,” Dr. Whitney said. “The event is important to Nicholls because it embodies the spirit of what a university should be about: open, rational debate with a variety of informed perspectives.”


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