Adversarial political colleagues Ari Fleischer and David Axelrod will be the featured speakers in a student-funded Distinguished Lecture in February.
Ari Fleisher, the former press secretary for President George W. Bush, and David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, will talk politics less than a week before the Arkansas presidential primary, speaking at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Bud Walton Arena. This lecture is also free and open to the public, with no tickets required.
The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
Ari Fleischer was White House press secretary for President George W. Bush from January 2001 to July 2003, serving in the time following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He had a lengthy career as press secretary for several members of Congress and as spokesman for the Ways and Means Committee for the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently runs Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, and has worked as media consultant for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
David Axelrod served as chief strategist for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. He was appointed senior adviser to the president following the election, leaving in 2011 to lead Obama's successful re-election campaign. He currently serves as the director of the non-partisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and is a senior political commentator for CNN.
The Distinguished Lecture Series is a student-sponsored program. Speakers are chosen by a committee of students, faculty and staff, and the events are funded by a student-approved fee, appropriated by the Programs Allocation Board.