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Liberty University to welcome Newt Gingrich

October 25, 2010 : Paul McLinden

Accustomed to hosting political heavyweights, Liberty University will welcome former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to campus Wednesday to address students at convocation. The best-selling author and FOX News analyst was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 1994 for leading an historic Republican takeover of the House of Representatives.

Gingrich will be speaking on the theme “Rediscovering God In America” and meeting later in the day with Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and a group of key conservatives and evangelical leaders.

The visit will be the fifth for Gingrich, who delivered the Commencement keynote address in May 2007, just days after Liberty’s founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, passed away. He also spoke at Super Conference in 1994, an event sponsored by Thomas Road Baptist Church, Commencement in 1991 and convocation in 1987.

Earlier this year more than 80 Liberty students heard Gingrich speak at the fifth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., a two-day event that teaches students how they can impact America politically while staying firm in their Christian faith.

Students may also know Gingrich from his annual appearances at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by Liberty University and the Liberty University School of Law.

Liberty’s convocation is the largest weekly gathering of Christian youth in North America.