Conservative's view on Trump, future of party focus of Benedictine lecture

October 31, 2017

Free event on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Lisle, Illinois ~ As the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) continues to examine changing political and cultural identities, the conservative analyst Charlie Sykes will reflect on his own values and identity, his views on the state of American conservatism and his concerns about President Donald Trump.

Sykes’ talk is especially timely given the recent public objections made by senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, both conservative Republicans, about the Trump presidency. Sykes will present “Identities and Belonging in the Trump Era: One Conservative’s View,” as part of the CCL's Speaker Series on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium at Benedictine University.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Sykes was one of the top conservative voices on Wisconsin talk radio. He is currently an MSNBC/NBC News contributor. In his new book, “How The Right Lost Its Mind,” he seeks to explain how the conservative movement lost its values through racism and outright lies, and questions the distrust of factual information reported by media and the conservatives who overlook the president’s actions.

The CCL is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving discourse and the political culture in Illinois by encouraging civil, open dialogue across political boundaries. At a time of deep polarization in the electorate and among our elected officials, the Center seeks to provide a professional, safe environment for addressing the challenging issues of our time. In addition to providing scholarships for students who demonstrate leadership potential, the CCL regularly invites prominent public figures to campus to participate in lectures, seminars, symposia and other events dealing with politics and public affairs.

For more information, go to or contact Phil Hardy at or (630) 829-6292.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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