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Strengthen Intellectual Vitality Across All Contexts of Teaching and Learning

Whitworth's President's Leadership Forum unites Whitworth with the Spokane community in the pursuit of knowledge, insight and, ultimately, truth.

The forum, established by President Beck A. Taylor in 2012, brings speakers to Spokane who represent a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas. The events have drawn as many as 2,000 community members to the Spokane Convention Center.

This fall, the PLF welcomed Fareed Zakaria, whom Esquire Magazine calls "the most influential foreign- policy adviser of his generation." Zakaria is the host of CNN's flagship foreign-affairs show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, a Washington Post columnist, a contributing editor to The Atlantic, and a New York Times bestselling author. Zakaria's CNN show features panel discussions and one- on-one interviews that help viewers make sense of the world.

The Whitworth community is confident that Christian worldviews and the ideas of Christian thinkers are sharpened by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and by engagement with the broadest spectrum of thought. This confidence motivates the university to lead the way in inviting speakers who engage the community in critical and careful thinking, civil discourse and effective action.

"Whitworth benefits greatly from the support of our Spokane community," Taylor says. "So the President's Leadership Forum is our way of giving back. Twice each year we invite key national leaders to the Inland Northwest to provide wisdom and insight on a variety of modern-day issues."

Washington Post political analyst George Will was the inaugural forum speaker. Whitworth has since hosted acclaimed thinkers and speakers including Pulitzer Prize- winning historian and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin; former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice; former U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan; Just Mercy author and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson; and New York Times columnist and PBS commentator David Brooks.