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Congressional candidates visit political rhetoric class

As part of the Penn State Berks Communication Arts and Sciences course “Contemporary American Political Rhetoric,” two candidates for the sixth congressional district of Pennsylvania will visit the college in October. Dr. Manan Trivedi, Democratic candidate, will speak on Monday October 4, 2010, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Congressman Jim Gerlach, Republican, will also visit the class on October 18; his presentation is only for students enrolled in the course.

A son of immigrants from India, Trivedi was born and raised in Berks County. He went on to college and medical school before embarking on a Naval career that took him to the war in Iraq. From 2001–2003, Trivedi served as a battalion surgeon, commanding a medical team that cared for more than 1,200 troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians. For his service, he earned the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
After his service in Iraq, Trivedi earned a master’s degree in health policy. He went on to serve as health policy adviser to the Navy Surgeon General and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. An expert on public health and veteran’s health care, he served as health policy adviser to Barack Obama’s campaign for President. After leaving the Navy, Trivedi joined The Reading Hospital and Medical Center as a primary care physician.
Gerlach was born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. He earned a Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law. Gerlach has spent nearly 20 years in public service; his career began in 1990 with the first of two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which was followed by two terms in the state Senate.
Elected to Congress in 2002, Gerlach is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Financial Services and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. One of his biggest legislative accomplishments was creating a veterans’ cemetery in southeastern Pennsylvania. The cemetery opened in Bucks County in 2009.

For more information about these presentations, contact Dr. Rachel Friedman at 610-396-6218 or via e-mail at RBF12@psu.edu.

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