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MSU Public Affairs Conference to feature talks about compassion, poverty, grassroots activism

Missouri State University
The Citizen Scholar Statue in front of Strong Hall, home of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs/Credit: MSU

The Missouri State Public Affairs Conference is bringing unity to the forefront of the community discussion this year. The flagship conference kicks off Monday, September 24 — and it will be asking the following question:  How can we live in peace and harmony with our neighbors?

This year’s theme, “Unity in Community,” is geared to provide new solutions to issues dividing our community, according to the university.

Keynote speaker Jenna Bush Hager, best-selling author and daughter of former president George W. Bush, will kick-off the conference with her personal story about the power of compassion.

The conference will also address food insecurity, diversity, grassroots activism, and what it takes to build better communities. A variety of panel members – both local and national – will give lectures and lead discussions on the campus of MSU.

The Public Affairs Conference will also have two pre-conference events, including a film screening.  All events are free and open to the public. For a conference schedule, you can visit our website:

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