Skaggs to Speak on Respect and Responsibility in Politics
BOULDER -- Congressman David Skaggs will give a talk called "Democracy: Neither Contact Nor Spectator Sport" on Wednesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Skaggs explains his subject this way: "America's democracy is grounded in an enlightenment view of individual liberty and dignity derived from natural law. From that flow some guiding principles for our politics: mutual respect and individual civic responsiblity. The democracy depends on our conducting ourselves accordingly--treating each other decently as we debate our differences, and fulfilling the duties of participation as citizens."
Boulder's scientific and academic communities are sponsoring the talk to thank Skaggs for his long-time support of research and education in the state. "Skaggs has always taken the position that was in the best interest of Colorado and the nation," said Jud Harper, Vice President for Research and Information Technology at Colorado State University. Skaggs's support of Colorado's scientific institutions has included backing construction of a new laboratory for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is near completion in Boulder.
The talk is sponsored by the Colorado Federal Relations Coordinating Council, a group of ten nationally known scientific and educational instititutions. The CFRCC fosters partnerships and supports research and development efforts among its members: the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, the Department of Energy Golden Field Office, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
After serving 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Skaggs has chosen not to run for reelection next month. However, he'll continue to be involved in Colorado's research communities. He was elected to the UCAR Board of Trustees last week. UCAR president Richard Anthes commented, "Although we will miss David's many important contributions in Congress, we will enjoy working with him as a UCAR trustee, where his perspective on national and international issues will be invaluable."
Additionally, Skaggs will teach next year at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he has accepted a research appointment with the Aspen Institute.
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