Hulshof, William Woods University Professor to Debate War in Iraq

U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and a William Woods University professor will engage in a co-presentation probing opposing perspectives and complications concerning the on-going War in Iraq on Monday, April 19, on the WWU campus.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. For the second time, Rep. Hulshof has been invited to speak on campus by Rick Hocks, assistant professor of English, who will provide the opposition perspective.

Hulshof last spoke at WWU in November 2002 when he presented a Washington perspective, while Hocks provided historical background and the case against unilateral invasion, in a program entitled “Imminent Military Engagement with Iraq.”

This presentation included dozens of questions posed by audience members and answered, alternatingly, by Hulshof and Hocks. Previously, in 1998, Hulshof was the May commencement speaker at William Woods and received the honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, from WWU.

Elected to represent Missouri’s 9th District in Congress in 1996, Hulshof is running for his fifth term this year. In his first term, the congressman secured a seat on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over matters relating to taxation, Medicare, Social Security, trade and welfare reform. He serves on the Social Security Subcommittee.

His leadership was further recognized when his freshman colleagues selected him to serve as president of the Republican Freshman Class of the 105th Congress.

Early in 2003, Hulshof secured a seat on the House Budget Committee. He also continues to serve on the House Ethics Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the House Policy Committee, where he serves as the Tax Reform Subcommittee Chairman, and also a member of the Subcommittees of Health, and Environment, Resources and Agriculture.

Hulshof earned his B.S. at the University of Missouri and his law degree at the University of Mississippi. He worked in both the public defender and prosecuting attorney’s offices in Cape Girardeau, and he first achieved notoriety as a special prosecutor for the Missouri State Attorney General’s office before being elected to Congress.

Hocks, who earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Missouri, has been teaching at William Woods since 1997. In addition to his expertise in English and American literature, Hocks has a special interest in the interrelationships between media and politics, public policy and foreign policy.

Hocks and Hulshof are both members of the Music Liturgy at the Newman Center Catholic Community in Columbia where Hocks plays the guitar and Hulshof plays the drums.