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Washington correspondent, author Chuck Raasch to speak on impact of war’s aftermath

Jan 11, 2017

As part of Flagler College’s Forum on Government and Public Policy series, acclaimed Washington correspondent Chuck Raasch will be giving a talk titled “After the guns go silent, and the ballots are cast” on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Lewis Auditorium.

Raasch’s lecture will focus on his 2016 book, “Imperfect Union, A Father’s Search for his son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg,” which is about the rise of the war correspondent and the experience that follows conflict and war.

“This topic is relevant in our long period of war against terrorism, and the uncertainty it brings to both survivors and those fighting it” Raasch said. “The aftermath of human conflict never leaves us.”

The veteran reporter is a Washington columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has also worked as a senior correspondent and columnist for the Gannett News Service (GNS) and as a national correspondent for USA Today. From 1989 to 1990, he served as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. A native South Dakotan, Raasch began his career with Gannett at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls in 1977, where he covered politics. His major assignments included Sen. George McGovern's last Senate race in 1980. He wrote a political column for 20 years, has covered six presidential elections and has had bylines from 49 states and four continents. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University.

For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government. All Forums take place in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.
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