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Civic Leader, Activist John Hood to Speak at ASU on Thursday, Free to the Public

Two prominent North Carolina civic leaders and political activists will speak at Appalachian State University on “The State of the State of North Carolina in 2016.”

John Hood, recently named head of the John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education and chairman of the board of the John Locke Foundation, will speak on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

These public lectures are being offered in advance of the 2016 election season to address concerns of North Carolina citizens and to better inform the public about issues facing the state. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. The events are free and open to the public.Hood

The John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education is a Raleigh-based grant-maker and policy center that supports public policy initiatives, educational institutions, arts and educational programs and humanitarian relief projects in N.C. and beyond. The John Locke Foundation is a N.C. think-tank that issues policy reports, hosts events and produces broadcasts and publications, such as Carolina Journal.

Hood helped found the Locke Foundation in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. His editorial columns appear frequently in newspapers across the state and in national magazines and newspapers. He is the author of seven books, including “Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans” published in 2015.

The Rev. William J. Barber II, leader of the N.C. Moral Monday Movement, will follow Hood’s address with another message on March 31 at 7 p.m., also in the Schaefer Center.

The events are sponsored by Appalachian’s Faculty Senate, the offices of the Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Development and University Advancement, College of Arts and Sciences, Walker College of Business, Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Hayes School of Music, Reich College of Education and Belk Library and Information Commons.