Deal at Brenau: The people’s role in maintaining the country’s democracy

Former Gov. Nathan Deal stressed that we, the people, are the most important factor in keeping our republic on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in a special guest lecture at Brenau University. The event, which drew some 260 people to the Hosch Theatre, celebrated 30 years of the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute, a signature program of Brenau’s Center for Lifetime Study.

In the lecture, “The Keeping of Our Republic,” Deal discussed the challenges of the past 250 years to our form of government at the state and federal levels. He shared his expertise in the Constitution and the rule of law – emphasizing how both are essential to a well-functioning democratic republic. Deal shared a history of the U.S. Constitution from its creation during a hot Philadelphia summer in 1787 to its tests, changes and interpretations over the past 236 years.

Deal’s lecture topic will be expanded into a BULLI course by the same name consisting of six in-person sessions. Cost for the members-only course is $45.

Deal served two terms as Georgia governor from 2011-19. He also was a state senator for 12 years and U.S. representative for 17. Deal earned a law degree from Mercer University and practiced law in Gainesville for more than 20 years.

The BULLI program was organized in spring 1994 by Brenau administrators, led by John Burd, Brenau’s president at the time, and members of the Gainesville community.