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WHAT: A discussion of civic activism led by John Carroll political science alumni. This marks the inaugural event of the Suopis Lecture Series. The series is in memory of Donald William Suopis ’70. Donald’s unflagging commitment to serving the public good through his job in law enforcement and his private volunteer activities make him a model for community activism and critical debates. The speaker series will highlight political work at a grassroots level and service through government careers as demonstrated by JCU alums and Cleveland area residents, with the purpose of educating JCU students and community members to be engaged citizens who are active in serving the public good. WHO: 1996 John Carroll University graduate and Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner, John Cranley. Cranley grew up and lives in Price Hill, a working class neighborhood of Cincinnati, where he is a member of the city council. He graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School. As a first time U.S. Congressional candidate, Cranley captured over 44% of the votes when he ran against Steve Chabot. After losing that race by a small margin, Cranley was appointed to County Commissioner in December 2000. Since then, he was elected to City Council and won re-election in 2003 and 2005. He has been the chair of the Finance Committee since 2001 and is the co-director of the Urban Justice Institute and the Ohio Innocence Project. WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2008 1 p.m. WHERE: John Carroll University 20700 North Park Blvd. University Heights, OH Marinello Little Theatre, 3rd Floor of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center CONTACT: Dr. Mindy Peden 216-397-4304