TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — UPDATE: On January 12, 2021, Florida State University announced Senators Mitt Romney and Joe Manchin speaker series is postponed.
We regret to inform everyone that tonight's Kick-off event has been POSTPONED. We will announce the new date when the event has been rescheduled. pic.twitter.com/SiKqO4uP3M— IOP@FSU (@iopfsu) January 12, 2021
U.S. Sens. Mitt Romney and Joe Manchin will appear together during a virtual keynote kickoff event on Jan. 12 for a political speaker series at Florida State University, the school announced Friday.
The speaking series is to help launch the new Institute of Politics at FSU, with Sens. Romney and Manchin hosting a forum that will celebrate civility among people from various political backgrounds.
The two sitting senators will share their thoughts on the future of American politics in a discussion with political maven Al Cardenas, according to the university.
The university said that the speaker series was planned before the riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“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., and those interested can register by clicking here.
Future events in the series are:
- Jan. 14: Presidential Transitions and the Biden Administration
- Jan. 26: Congress and Policy Making in the 117th Congress
- Jan. 28: Rising to the Challenge of Covering Politics in the Current Political Environment