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41st Annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner

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Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills

9500 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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Religious scholar Martin Marty once famously wrote, “People who have strong convictions are often not very civil, and people who are civil often do not have strong convictions.”

These words resonated deeply with his contemporary Richard Mouw, who recognized the need for passionate intensity as well as gentle peacefulness in a phrase he coined as “convicted civility.” Holding both conviction and civility, Mouw contended, is integral in civil discourse, and both serve as the banner under which faith is brought into public life.

Robert Gates has spent his career bringing diverse groups of people together and finding common ground through dialogue. As the former United States secretary of defense, and the first in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office under a newly elected president, Gates is widely viewed as a champion of bipartisanship, compromise, service, and diplomacy. Now the chancellor of the College of William & Mary, Gates is advancing those same virtues of civility in higher education, recognizing that we are a society fortified by the strength found in our differences and that, in order for us to succeed, we must always come together.

Join us April 8 as Dr. Gates shares lessons from his storied career and explores the values of courage, sacrifice, and accord that will move our nation forward.



Pepperdine would like to thank our many generous sponsors who are making this amazing night possible.

Platinum Sponsors
Susan F. Rice

Diamond Sponsors
The Graziadio Family

Gold Sponsors
Blanche and Peter J. Johnson, Jr.
John T. Lewis
Amy Jo Runnels
Dorothy B. Straus

Silver Sponsors
Albert Boyajian
Celeste and John Plueger
Diane E. Reilly
Joe Schirripa
Cynthia and David Stanchak
Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation

Sapphire Sponsors
Kathy and Lou Colombano
Gary Oakland

Topaz Sponsors
Mary and Michael F. Adams
Gay and Bill Banowsky
Katherine and Frank Baxter
Jacqueline and Ron Berryman
Lorraine and James Brinton
José Collazo
Sherry and Frank Cornell
Terry M. Giles and Kalli O'Malley
Kim and Eric Kaufman
Beatrice Restifo
Maria and Anthony Tryon
Umina Bros., Inc.
Cheryl and James Wicker

Friends and Tribute Makers
Diane and Carl Brewer
Beverly and Ronald Lau

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Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills

9500 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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