A former White House press secretary and a renowned political commentator and strategist will serve as the inaugural speakers for the Indiana University Southeast School of Business Sanders Speaker Series.

Dana Perino, White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, and Donna Brazile, a vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on March 29 at the Stem Concert Hall in the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IUS.

Brazile and Perino are the first speakers in the Sanders Speaker Series presented by the IUS School of Business. The series is named after Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders  since the couple’s $300,000 donation to establish the Sanders Speaker Series Endowment in 2008.

The couple’s goal for the series is to bring high-profile speakers to IUS, at least annually, to speak to the community about vital, national issues such as the economy and healthcare.

In addition to providing $300,000 to begin the endowment of the speaker series, the Sanders have also donated funding for a Trader’s Lab, and their generosity funded the position of the Sanders Chair of Business.

“The application of the Sanders’ gifts fits the School of Business’ mission and will match and reflect the first-class quality of our business programs,” said Jay White, dean of the School of Business, in a press release. “The School of Business and the IU Southeast campus as a whole will greatly benefit as we strive to offer the finest education and life-enriching experiences available to Southern Indiana and the Greater Louisville Metropolitan Region.”

Seating for the event is free, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call 812-941-2525.

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