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Romney/Manchin forum to kick off Institute of Politics speaker series (POSTPONED)

The IOP@FSU kickoff event planned for January 12 has been postponed due to unforeseen conflicts with the schedules of Senator Romney and Senator Manchin. Both Senators indicated a deep desire to do the event and have great respect for FSU and the IOP, and we fully anticipate this event to be rescheduled.

by Mark Blackwell Thomas, Florida State University Communications

U.S. Senators Joe Mancin (D-W. Va.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

U.S. Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) will appear together Jan. 12 during the keynote kickoff event of the new Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU). 

The virtual forum, which was planned and scheduled prior to the events of Jan. 6, is more relevant than ever following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The IOP@FSU’s mission is to engage FSU students, Floridians and all citizens in the political process by promoting civil debate, civic engagement and research. 

The conversation with Romney and Manchin will launch the IOP@FSU’s “Celebrating Civility” speaker series — a month of events for people of all political persuasions to come together during this pivotal time in American politics. The four-part series will feature political dignitaries, world-class scholars, and leaders in policy, legislating and the media. 

“Now is the time to return to civility in our politics,” said FSU President John Thrasher. “The university environment should always nourish the free – and respectful – sharing of ideas. That’s exactly what this high-powered speaker series aims to do.”  

During the Jan. 12 event, Romney and Manchin will share their thoughts on the future of American politics in a discussion with political maven Al Cardenas.  

“We are honored to have two sitting U.S. senators from different parties share the screen to talk about issues at the heart of the IOP’s mission,” said Tim Chapin, dean of FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. “The IOP is all about civility, civic engagement and creating more informed students and citizens. This event and series will advance those goals.” 

The four-part “Celebrating Civility” speaker series will be virtual and free to the public. All events will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST. Register athis link.  

Tuesday, Jan. 12
IOP Kickoff and Keynote  

Thursday, Jan. 14
Presidential Transitions and the Biden Administration  

Tuesday, Jan. 26
Congress and Policy Making in the 117th Congress  

Thursday, Jan. 28
Rising to the Challenge of Covering Politics in the Current Political Environment 

For more information on the Institute of Politics at Florida State University, visit the IOP website.