Auburn University’s Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter will welcome former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary and American Cornerstone Institute founder Dr. Ben Carson on Thursday.

Carson ran as a Republican in the 2016 presidential election before withdrawing and endorsing Donald Trump. 

Before his career in politics, Carson was a renowned neurosurgeon. In 1987, he led a team that separated conjoined twins who had been separated at the head, which was the first successful surgery of its kind. 

Carson has also been a vocal supporter of U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn), Auburn’s former football coach, who is now battling a Department of Defense (DOD) abortion policy that uses taxpayer dollars to help service members get abortions.

“We are so grateful to have the opportunity to host Dr. Ben Carson here on campus,” said Auburn TPUSA president Jaden Heard. “He is an incredible speaker who is faithful and credible based on his political and healthcare experience. This event has the community talking, and I’m excited and honored to host such an event on this campus.”

“Mostly, though, the students don’t often get to say to their parents that they got to sit through a talk from someone as prominent as him for free, so we are grateful we can provide that opportunity through our organization,” he added.

The event will begin on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lowder Hall, Room 113.

Though the event is free, participants must register online. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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