U.S. senator and 2024 presidential candidate Tim Scott has rescheduled his appearance at the University of Mississippi yet again.
The discussion with Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, on the state of American democracy, scheduled for September 29 at Ole Miss has been rescheduled to accommodate the senator’s travel schedule.
Scott will now speak as a keynote for the Declaration of Independence Center for the Study of American Freedom series on Friday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the John and Sandy Black Pavilion.
“America is the greatest experiment in freedom the world has known, and the classroom has always played a key role in shaping young Americans,” Wicker said. “My friend Senator Tim Scott represents the best of what can be accomplished in America, and I am grateful that he will join me at Ole Miss.”
According to Steven Skultety, chair of philosophy and religion and the center’s director, Scott’s speech will give students an opportunity to think more deeply about freedom in the U.S. and around the world. Skultety said that he and Scott will discuss major themes from the senator’s book, America: A Redemption Story.
Scott grew up in a poor, single-parent home in South Carolina before graduating from Charleston Southern University. He owned a small business prior to moving into the political sphere and was appointed to the Senate in 2013.
Although Scott is a political figure, Skultety does not envision the conversation being a polarizing event. Instead of talking about policy, Scott will be given the opportunity to talk about the meaning of freedom from his perspective.
“We say the phrase, ‘Liberty and justice for all,’ and the university does a good job of talking about the justice part,” Skultety added. “I don’t want to take anything away from that; we should be discussing justice and what it means. I believe that we should be making the same effort for liberty and freedom.”
The event will be free and open to the public.