Clarence Page, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune and 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner, was welcomed to campus on Monday, October 11, as he spoke to nearly 200 community members, students, faculty, and staff as part of Trinity’s WorldView series. The evening offered a speech from Page followed by a question and answer period, with Don Woo, assistant professor of English, serving as the event’s faculty host.
“Mr. Page received questions from the audience after his presentation with great care and respect,” said Woo. The professor, who arranged for a student to meet for a one-on-one interview with Page before the WorldView presentation added, “Mr. Page also graciously gave of his time by answering this student’s questions in detail, and she was honored to have the opportunity.”
Page’s charismatic personality shined through as he spoke on pressing issues in political history all the way to the current trend of social media. Referencing his relationship with his son and his interest in politics while discussing political history brought a personal touch to Page’s presentation. He recapped difficult times our nation endured in the past and indicated the need for seriousness in politics today.
“Page explained that our Nation has been able to survive because ‘the people’ correct the government by moving left, right, backward, or forward as needed,” said John Hoogewerf, professor of adult studies education and an avid reader of Page’s editorials. “I believe young people are our future and our hope. That is why Trinity is here.”
“It is very important for students to hear a leading political editorialist,” said Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English. “It is a blessing that Trinity sponsors gatherings such as WorldView to accomplish this.”
Charlie Emmerich, professor of political science, added, “Students in politics and law need to be exposed to a wide spectrum of views. Page’s talk did just that; it was interesting, witty, and enlightening. The political science department is grateful to Bruce and Mary Leep and to Trinity for sponsoring this WorldView event.”