House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Brian Higgins will be the first featured speakers in the newly established Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, which will bring top government and public officials to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national and international issues.
Higgins will deliver the inaugural lecture, "From the Ground Up: Building a Stronger Western New York and Nation," at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the college's Wick Campus Center Social Room.
"This lecture series will give prominent leaders in the political and public service sectors the opportunity to share their experiences and insight on timely key topics," said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. "By featuring speakers diverse in thought, perspective and leadership style, we will be fostering important discussions on varied issues impacting our region and country."
Higgins, who is serving a fifth term in Congress, has been a strong champion for waterfront and economic development in Western New York. An avid advocate of policies vital to the region's economy, including a major transformation of Buffalo's inner and outer harbors, he's also supported increased funding for biomedical research in the area and investment in infrastructure.
Reservations are requested by Feb. 17 to [email protected] for the lecture given by Higgins.
Cantor, a leading voice on the economy and job creation, will be the guest speaker from 2 to 3 p.m. March 10 in the Wick Center Social Room. Congressman Chris Collins will introduce him.
A Virginia congressman since 2001 and former small business owner, Cantor is highly committed to eliminating excessive regulation and encouraging entrepreneurship. He has been a key player in health care efforts for families. He's also a proponent of national defense as former chair of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, and is dedicated to providing needed resources to the U.S. military and intelligence communities.
Reservations for Cantor's lecture may be emailed to [email protected] by March 3.
The lecture series is free and open to the public.