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SPA To Host Political Analyst Michael Steele For Lecture September 28

Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA) will host conservative political analyst Michael Steele for a virtual lecture on Monday, September 28.

The event will kick off at 7 p.m. that night through an online livestream. SPA is working alongside WPSU Radio to provide access to the stream.

Students can register for their free tickets online today. Online tickets are required to attend Steele’s lecture.

Steele is likely best known for his service within the Republican Party. He served as chairperson of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 through January 2011, becoming the first Black man to do so.

During his tenure as chairperson, Steele broke fundraising records in 2010 by helping the party raise nearly $200 million. He was also responsible for helping the party gain its most legislative seats since 1928.

Previously, Steele served as Maryland’s seventh lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007, becoming the first Black man elected to statewide office. He later lost a bid to become a United States Senator in 2006.

Following his civil service, Steele became a political analyst with MSNBC in 2011. He’s also worked as a senior analyst for the Lincoln Project, written as a longtime columnist for The Root, and hosted his own podcast, “The Michael Steele Podcast.”

Like every SPA event, Steele’s virtual lecture is free for students and funded by their student-initiated fee. Students will need to verify themselves by using their Penn State email address before accessing the event.

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Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]

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