Giuliani

Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take to a Baylor University stage Wednesday for a talk with university President Ken Starr.

Giuliani will be the 13th high-profile speaker since 2011 to join Starr for his “On Topic” speaking series.

As mayor, the Republican earned a reputation as an opponent of organized crime and led the city through its recovery after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Giuliani has grabbed media attention recently for negative comments directed at President Barack Obama.

Giuliani and Starr are expected to discuss leadership, courage and a broad range of topics during the talk. Giuliani is expected to draw on his experience in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks to discuss courage in leadership, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said.

“President Starr has a far-reaching background himself,” Fogleman said. “And we are the beneficiaries of that.”

Since leaving the mayor’s office, Giuliani has served as chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners, a consulting firm that opened in 2002.

Giuliani made a short-lived bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. He has yet to announce an endorsement for a 2016 presidential candidate.

Giulinai’s standard speaking fee was $100,000, and he earned more than $11 million in speaking fees between January 2006 and February 2007, according to a financial disclosure filed ahead of the 2008 campaign.

Baylor declined to announce how much Giuliani is being paid to appear Wednesday.

The biggest fee listed in Giuliani’s disclosure was for $300,000 and paid in 2006 by Sage Capital for a speech in 2005. In 2008, Forbes compiled a list of the 10 most expensive speeches, and that speech earned Giuliani the No. 8 spot on the list.

The event Wednesday is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required.

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