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FULTON – Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is coming to Fulton for Westminster College’s Hancock Symposium. 

Sanders will deliver The John Findley Green Foundation lecture. The lecture is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. to wrap up the symposium.

Westminster College Director of Media and Public Relations Rob Crouse said Sanders will talk about his foreign policy views. 

The Hancock Symposium is an annual event with kick-off events Tuesday. 

This is the 12th Hancock Symposium. The topic is “Advocacy and Activism: Leading from Where You Are.”

Mark Boulton, Hancock Symposium committee chair, said, “It’s a fantastic gift, it’s a chance for us to give something back to the students and the community.”

The topics of conversations are focused around leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and compassion.

Boulton said those speaking on leadership were chosen because they have “identified a social or political problem in society and they’ve really stepped up and tried to address it.”

He said instead of having large organizations come in, the committee looked for people who have started organizations through their own endeavors. 

“We want people that are speaking out for groups that are underrepresented,” Boulton said. 

Boulton said it was important to the committee that they brought people in from all political viewpoints.

“It’s really part of our DNA to bring in high impact people that are world changers,” Boulton said.

Kick-off events will start Tuesday at noon with speaker Kassy Dillon, a college student who Boulton said will get the dialogue going.

Events on Wednesday start at 9 a.m. and on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Plenary sessions kick off each day and they are the big speakers of the day. Executive events follow and will have multiple speakers. Attendees can choose which one they want to attend at that time. Then, there will be breakout sessions. 

There will also be panel discussions and presentations on subjects of global interest.

This year the symposium was done on a ticketed basis, with students and faculty getting first priority. Boulton said they are already out of tickets, but the event will be live-streamed online.