Former governors to reflect on ‘Leadership, Governance and Politics’

Former Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell will give their “Reflections on Leadership, Governance and Politics” for the American Experience Distinguished Lecture.

The Oct. 1 event will be moderated by Dave Davies, senior reporter for WHYY radio in Philadelphia.

Ridge and Rendell, a Republican and a Democrat who both were elected to two terms, will discuss their own experiences, the current political climate, and what today's leaders should do to advance the interests of the American people in a rapidly changing, highly competitive and sometimes unfriendly world.

Ridge, who was governor from 1995 to 2001, also served as assistant to the president for Homeland Security from 2001 to 2003, and the first Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. Prior to his time as governor, Ridge was a U.S. House representative for the Erie area.

Rendell was governor from 2003 to 2011, served as chair of the national Democratic Party, and was mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000.

This lecture — 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Carnegie Music Hall — is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy, and the University Honors College.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required and seating is limited. Business attire suggested.