The University of Puget Sound is proud to welcome U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer as the featured speaker of the Spring 2024 Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture in Public Affairs and the Arts. 

Kilmer, known for his dedication to advancing the regional economy, prioritizing higher education accessibility for all, and advocating for our armed forces and veterans, will share insights on his bill, the Building Civic Bridges Act, during the lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Schneebeck Concert Hall. 

The Building Civic Bridges Act reflects Kilmer's approach to governance and encourages communities to address divisive issues by equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to overcome challenges and foster unity. Kilmer's lecture will highlight the importance of reaching across the aisle for the betterment of our communities.

Admission is free for the campus community, but registration is required. Tickets for the general public can be purchased for $20 online or at the Logger Store in Wheelock Student Center.

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Established in 2002 in honor of President Emerita Susan Resneck Pierce, the lecture series brings renowned intellectuals, writers, and artists in public affairs and the arts to Puget Sound.