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      Capital University once again will demonstrate its values of inspiring engaged and informed citizenship, and welcoming diverse political discourse. Capital University Campus Greens, a newly formed student organization affiliated with the Green Party, will host the party’s presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, from noon to 2 pm Friday, September 2, on Schaaf Lawn.

      Stein will present on the state of third-party politics in America and answer questions from those in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. There will be limited parking and seating, so please be prepared to walk and stand. In the case of rain, the event will be moved to Schneider Conference Space, and attendance will be limited to the first 200 who arrive.

      This is a student-organized event that reflects the values of a learning community that celebrates engaged students, free inquiry, critical thinking, civil dialogue and the free exchange of ideas. Capital is a non-profit, non-partisan university, and its decision to serve as a venue for these events is not an endorsement of any candidate or view. It is Capital’s mission to prepare students as critical thinkers, careful discerners of information, and active citizens. These experiences enable our learning community to hear and judge for ourselves the views of the candidates, free from filters, to evaluate the candidates’ views, values and interests.

      Capital has a history of serving as a center of political debate among presidential candidates, their supporters and opponents, and those who want to observe the process. Capital was the site of gatherings for Republican presidential nominee John McCain and then-Gov. Sarah Palin, as well as Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, Constitution presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin, and Michelle Obama, the wife of then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, within the span of four weeks leading up to the 2008 election. The discourse continued in 2012 with visits from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and, later, President Barack Obama, who spoke in front of Ruff Memorial Learning Center as he crisscrossed the country. And in 1996, former presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush appeared with Republican candidate Bob Dole on the Mees Hall stage just four days before the election.