Former bitter political rivals Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich will share the spotlight at the 20th annual Emerging Issues Forum on Monday and Tuesday at North Carolina State University.

The theme of this year’s event is healthcare, an issue over which former President Clinton and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich waged ferocious battles in the 1990s.

Gingrich is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote on Monday morning at the McKimmon Center at NCSU’s campus. He is the founder and chair of the Center for Health Transformation.

Clinton will speak at a dinner on Monday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

The overall theme of the conference is “My Health is Your Business: Making Healthcare Work in North Carolina.” The forum was created by former NC Governor Jim Hunt, who also will speak. The institute, which is based at NCSU, calls itself a “think and do” tank.

U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte, the newly elected chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will deliver Tuesday’s keynote speech.

Also speaking will be former US Senator John Breaux, Peter Peterson, president of the Concord Coalition, and NC Governor Mike Easley. The forum will include a number of roundtable discussions, updates on healthcare policy, and other reports.

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