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Auburn University faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the final fall event in the Critical Conversation Speaker Series featuring political strategist Donna Brazile and veteran journalist Ann Compton on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom. Brazile and Compton will participate in a moderated discussion on the topic of Diverse Perspectives, Civil Discourse, and a Healthy Democracy. Doors will open at 3 p.m.; please plan to arrive early as seating is limited. The event will be livestreamed on the Critical Conversations website.

Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, former vice chair for civic engagement and voter participation at the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, and former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. She is the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington, D.C. Brazile holds honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Grambling State University, Spelman College, LeMoyne Owen College, Northeastern Illinois University, Medgar Evers College, Morehouse Medical College, Bethune Cookman University, Thomas Jefferson University and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Former White House correspondent Ann Compton has led an esteemed career with ABC News that endured through seven presidents and 10 presidential campaigns. She was the first woman assigned to White House coverage and was the only broadcast reporter on Air Force One with President George W. Bush as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, unfolded. For her work in covering these tragic events, Compton received an Emmy, a Peabody and the Silver Baton from Columbia University’s DuPont awards. Respected among her peers, Compton has been elected the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and served as chairwoman of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association on Capitol Hill. She has been inducted into six halls of fame and has received five honorary university degrees.