By Rebecca Wyatt, OU Web Writer
is hosting U.S. Senator Carl Levin for a symposium, “Social Security: A Pact with America,” on Monday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.
Levin, an avid defender of keeping Social Security as it is, believes President George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security could put it in jeopardy sooner than current estimates. Levin said while changes need to be made, it should be examined properly because Social Security should be something that should be available to all Americans when they need it.
“Levin doesn’t believe it’s as catastrophic as the president is making it out to be,” said Jude Nixon, director of The Honors College.
The Social Security reform is something the White House is forging ahead with and Nixon said it’s important to raise public awareness about the topic and make sure voters understand both sides of the debate.
“We see the Social Security symposium as a very responsible event for the community,” Nixon said.
The Rochester Area Democratic Club suggested The Honors College host Levin to give the community another perspective of Bush’s desire to privatize Social Security.
“We decided to do it because it’s the kind of event that fits the concept of The Honors College,” Nixon said. The event exposes the student body to national and political concerns and provides an opportunity for young Americans to understand what is going on and what will they face in the future.
“We don’t see it as a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, but an American issue,” Nixon said.
The Social Security symposium is open to all OU students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community. For more information, contact The Honors College at (248) 370-4450.