North Idaho College's Popcorn Forum Convocation Series Symposium was established 35 years ago to create a venue to explore topics relative to our society, from historical lessons to today's issues. Event organizers do not steer clear of the hot topics either, which is evident in this year's theme “Hot Talk: Passionate Debate for a New Age” March 21-25.
On Monday, the symposium will kick off with a brief welcome by NIC President Michael Burke and Associated Students of NIC President Heather Erickson at 10 a.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium followed by debate on the Patriot Act. U.S. Congressman Butch Otter will advocate revisions to the act based on his concern for civil liberties, while U.S. District Attorney Thomas Moss supports the act based on issues of national security. A response panel will follow at 1 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d'Alene Room of NIC's Edminster Student Union Building.