An Evening With Peggy Noonan **CANCELLED**

On March 9, the University decided to cancel this event in the light of COVID-19 concerns. This difficult decision was made with an abundance of caution and care for the health and well-being of our constituents, and according to recommendations made by Public Health — Seattle & King County, now affirmed by Governor Inslee’s announcement on March 11 prohibiting social gatherings of more than 250 people.

A lively Q&A spanning a range of timely topics, including 

  • presidential speech writing
  • bridging differences in a polarized society
  • advice for today’s university students
  • social media influencers

When: Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 7–8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Upper Gwinn Commons | Seattle Pacific University
Cost: Free, but registration is required because space is limited About the event 

Over the course of this hourlong event, SPU’s Assistant Professor of Journalism Peg Achterman will ask Peggy Noonan a select group of questions that have been submitted by SPU students and others on a variety of topics.

Peggy Noonan

About Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She is also the bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history, and culture. 

In 2017, Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.

From 1984 to 1986 Noonan was a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and is perhaps best known as the author of the 1986 speech delivered by Reagan in the wake of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster — now considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. 

Noonan will be the keynote speaker for SPU’s annual Downtown Business Breakfast on April 3.

This event is wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodation, contact Courtney Hollander at 206-281-2451 or

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020