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Obey, Petri Civic Participation Series

Congressman Obey and Petri  from Wisconsin
Retired U.S. Congressmen Dave Obey and Tom Petri

AARP Wisconsin is pleased to co-sponsor the Civic Participation Lecture Series to offer AARP members, students and the general public a unique opportunity to hear directly from two long-time congressional leaders.

Former Congressmen Tom Petri and Dave Obey will be going on the road October 26-29 to speak to groups and classes in eastern Wisconsin in a Civic Participation Lecture Series.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • An insider perspective on how Congress works
  • The role of committees in Congress, and its effectiveness
  • How Congress creates and passes budgets
  • How a representative balances national issues with district responsibilities
  • The critical role public service plays today – more than ever
  • Forging one’s way into politics at the state or national level
  • Opportunities and challenges of a career in public service
  • Is our political system broken?  If so, how do we fix it?
  • Advocating for strongly held policy positions without excessive partisanship


Public stops on the fall tour include:

Monday, October 26
UW-Fox Valley, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Perry Hall, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha – community forum

Tuesday, October 27
Mishicot High School, 9 a.m., 660 Washington St., Mishicot – Presentation and Q&A with the junior class and school board, open to community members

UW-Oshkosh, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Presentation and Q&A, open to the public

Wednesday, October 28
Marquette Law School, 12:15 pm., Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee – “On the Issues” lecture series with Mike Gousha, open to students and the public

Discovery World, 5:30-8 p.m., 500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee – “Green Tie Gala” fundraiser to support environmental work of Wisconsin League of Conservation voters, hors d'oeuvres reception with Obey and Petri as guest speakers, tickets $75

Thursday, October 29
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, 2406 S. Alverno Rd., Manitowoc, Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, Endries Hall – community forum, hosted with UW-Manitowoc; 6:30-7:30 p.m. talk, 7:30-8 p.m. Q&A, 8 p.m. reception, Ariens Atrium (outside Endries Hall)

The Congressmen’s spring tour in northern and southern Wisconsin generated enthusiastic responses from a wide cross-section of the public. Statewide sponsors for the Civic Participation Series are WIPPS, the Obey Civic Resource Center, Wisconsin Humanities Council and Wisconsin AARP.




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