Months after the end of a rough election cycle in the United States, it’s time to talk about what it means to live, be free and happy in 2017.
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is the theme of the 2017 Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University, April 4-7. All 33 conference events are free and open to the public.
Goodwin keynote explores changes in political culture
Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the conference keynote. The Pulitzer Prize winner is set to discuss changes in U.S. politics that brought about the most combative presidential election in recent history.
Goodwin, a presidential historian, will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
Community members can register for a VIP reception and dinner with Goodwin, which will be held at 5:15 p.m. April 4.
The private reception and dinner is $150 per person and includes the opportunity for a personal visit and photo with Goodwin, a signed book and VIP reserved seating at the keynote.
Schedule, parking and information
The Public Affairs Conference website provides background information about conference speakers and a complete program.
Guests can park for free at BearPark North, with entrances off Cherry Street and Elm Street. They may also park at BearPark South, located on the corner of Grand Street and Holland Avenue.
The free Bear Line shuttle provides transportation to Plaster Student Union from both parking garages.
For more information, contact Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support, at 417-836-5073.