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Gingrich visiting students at University of Chicago

February 19, 2013|By Erin Vogel @eringejuice | For RedEye

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit the University of Chicago on Tuesday night for a conversation with Democratic political strategist David Axelrod as part of the university's Institute of Politics' event series.

Executive Director of the Institute of Politics Darren Reisberg said Gingrich was a "logical choice" for the Institute because he has been at the forefront of America's political and policy debates for decades, including the most recent presidential campaign. The conversation between Axelrod and Gingrich will address a range of issues, such as the 2012 Republican primary, the future of the Republican party, Gingrich's thoughts on the current political and policy landscape.

"The Institute of Politics is designed to be a space where University of Chicago students of all political ideologies can congregate and engage in productive debate," Reisberg said. "While David Axerold and Newt Gingrich may have political views that differ, both are passionate about politics and policy and that will translate into an exciting discussion."

Gingrich's conversation with Axelrod will follow his visit to classes at University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. He will also meet informally with students during the day.

"It will be thrilling to see students interact with [former] Speaker Gingrich in all of these many contexts," Reisberg said.

Register for the event, which begins at 6 p.m., here.

Erin Vogel is a RedEye special contributor.

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