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NIU’s Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series welcomes Rep. Adam Kinzinger March 30

March 22, 2021

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences proudly welcomes Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16) as the next guest in their Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series at 6 p.m. CT March 30.

The 45-minute event, conducted on Zoom, will feature Congressman Kinzinger discussing a variety of topics such as rebuilding democracy, energy, agriculture and foreign affairs with Dean Robert Brinkmann. A moderated question and answer session will follow.

The program is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.  Go to to request a link to the event prior March 30. Event links will be sent out from the [email protected] mailbox one day prior to the event.

Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16) will be the next guest in the Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series at 6 p.m. CT March 30.

Congressman Kinzinger, currently in his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives, serves as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. His top priorities include strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources as well as bolstering the strength of our national security – both at home and abroad.

He served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served in the Air Force Special Operations, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air National Guard. He continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress.

In 2007, he received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a young woman who was being violently attacked. He wrestled the knife away from the attacker and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived. He was also awarded the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.

At the age of 42, Congressman Kinzinger is one of the younger Members of Congress, yet he ranks in the top half of seniority in the full House of Representatives. He is known for his pragmatic approach to the myriad of issues facing America, and the world.

The Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series showcases how the liberal arts and sciences is at the center of a healthy democracy, addressing various aspects of what needs to be addressed in order to rebuild democracy and bring together a very fractured society – everything from restoring civility, our legislative and judicial branches, rebuilding our diplomatic and intelligence offices, taking care of our military personnel, media as well as topical issues such as education, healthcare, public health, budget and finance, sustainability/environmental issues, social justice/human rights.