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Richard and Lee Hamilton ('49 & '52) Featured in PBS Affiliate's Three-Part Series

February 12, 2014

WFYI IndyA three-part series featuring two distinguished graduates of DePauw University, Lee and Richard Hamilton: Conversations with a Politician and a Pastor, begins airing on Indianapolis PBS affiliate WFYI-TV tomorrow night, February 13. The programs are hosted by former Indiana first lady Judy O'Bannon.

"As boys, the Hamilton brothers spent their formative years in Evansville, Indiana, coming of age during World War II and the post war era," the station's announcement notes. "As young men, they attended DePauw University and later pursued distinguished careers in public service. Lee served for more than three decades as an accomplished United States Congressman, while Richard would follow in their father’s footsteps by becoming a Methodist minister and much-admired social justice leader in the Indianapolis community. And while the brothers would pursue vastly different career paths; ultimately, they shared a common desire to make their home state, as well as their nation and their world, a more just and peaceful place."

Acccording to O'Bannon, "It’s two premier thinkers expressing themselves in candid conversation."

WFYI adds, "Over the course of three, half-hour conversations, the brothers discuss an array of issues, including politics versus policy, war and the atomic bomb, recollections about growing up as the sons of a minister, and their fondness for basketball."

A video preview is available here.Lee Hamilton 07sm

Lee H. Hamilton, a 1952 graduate of DePauw, where he majored in history, served 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission and co-chair of the Iraq Study Group. "Lee Hamilton’s quiet, thoughtful leadership established him as one of our nation’s most valued advisors, negotiators and policy makers." He currently serves as director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

The Rev. Richard E. Hamilton, who received his DePauw diploma in 1949, was the longtime pastor of the North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. "Hamilton has been a tireless crusader, marching with Martin Luther King, and championing the causes of a peaceful and just community," according to the preview of the program. Richard Hamilton majored in math as an undergraduate and served on DePauw's Board of Trustees.

Learn more at the station's website.

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