Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series for Integrity in Politics
The legislative process in America today often is tarnished by political partisanship, but two respected Michigan politicians demonstrated efforts in finding common ground through bipartisanship.
This endowed speaker series is named in memory of former U.S. Senator Philip A. Hart and in honor of former Michigan Governor William G. Milliken. A legendary trait of the careers of Senator Hart, a Democrat, and Governor Milliken, a Republican, was their ability to work together with members of opposing political parties.
To honor their distinguished careers and encourage a spirit of political compromise, Central Michigan University has established the Philip A. Hart and William G. Milliken Endowed Speaker Series for Integrity in Politics.
About the Speaker Series
Philip A. Hart, who served as a U.S. senator from 1958 - 1976, and
William G. Milliken, who served as Michigan's governor from 1969 - 1982, both led distinguished
careers in public office and still serve as noteworthy examples of
cooperation and tolerance in a political climate where partisanship and
divisiveness have become all too common obstacles that tarnish, rather
than enhance, the legislative process.
This speaker series
challenges interested parties--students in particular--to approach
politics in a way that embraces America's diversity of ideas and
perspectives and to strive to replace negativity and partisanship with
creativity and innovation in shaping public policy.
will be hosted annually on CMU's Mount Pleasant campus and provide a
forum where students can listen, learn, and engage in meaningful
dialogue focusing on a range of current political and policy-making
The endowment's advisory board seeks keynote speakers
whose work embodies the ideals of leaders like Senator Philip A. Hart
and Governor William G. Milliken. They select individuals from the
public and private sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to
stimulating positive change in American politics and policy-making. They
seek individuals who promote the greater good of the communities and
people they serve through a spirit of reason, cooperation and
Although the series is national in focus, special
consideration may be given to speakers with ties or expertise in issues
of significance to Michigan and the Midwest.
University is proud to honor the legacies of Senator Hart and Governor
Milliken through this speaker series and strives to inspire and shape
the leaders of today and the future.