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Mark Your Calendar for DePauw Discourse 2006, October 26-27

May 4, 2006

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East College 2005 1.jpgMay 4, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings; President Bush's chief economic adviser, Allan Hubbard; Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group and vice chair of the 9/11 Commission; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch are among the prominent national leaders and thinkers who will come together for DePauw Discourse 2006, scheduled October 26-27. The programs will provide alumni, students, faculty and all community members with the opportunity to engage notable government leaders, public servants, authors and journalists in getting to the heart of some of the most pressing issues facing the nation ahead of the November election.

The third annual symposium hosted by the Washington C. DePauw Society, DePauw Discourse 2006 sessions are open and free to the public. Alumni and guest panelists and moderators will include:

  • Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism, DePauw University
  • Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years
  • Lee Hamilton '52, co-chair of the Congressionally appointed independent panel on Iraq, former U.S. Congressman and Vice Chair of 9/11 Commission
  • Bob Herbert, the New York Times op-ed columnist
  • Allan Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council
  • John McWethy '69, former ABC News chief national security correspondent
  • Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Bob Steele '69, Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values at the Poynter Institute

"In bringing nationally renowned figures to campus, DePauw Discourse continues to provide a valuable opportunity to explore relevant issues, participate in stimulating discourse and DePauw Discourse.jpgdiscover points of view not readily available through the media or our everyday lives," says Joyce Taglauer Green, a 1975 DePauw graduate, chair of DePauw Discourse and member of the Washington C. DePauw Society Executive Committee that hosts the event. "I am pleased to see this tradition taking hold on the DePauw campus, allowing alumni to join students and faculty members in Margaret Spellings.jpgsubstantive participation in the life of the University."

DePauw Discourse participants will include U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (pictured at left). As assistant to the president for domestic policy during President George W. Bush's first term, Spellings was instrumental in crafting education policies, including the No Child Left Behind Act. She also helped develop other White House positions, including those regarding immigration, health, labor, transportation, and justice. As Secretary of Education, Spellings recently appointed a Commission on the Future of Higher Education that will focus on the administration of federal student aid and the accreditation of colleges.

Lee Hamilton, a 1952 DePauw graduate, is the co-chair of the Iraq lee hamilton color.jpgStudy Group. The independent panel (that also includes Vernon Jordan, a 1957 DePauw graduate) was established at the urging of Congress to study the Iraq war and make policy recommendations to Capitol Hill and the White House. Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., Hamilton was recently elected (along with others including former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush) as a 2006 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of his leadership of the 9/11 Commission. Hamilton's DePauw Discourse 2006 conversation will be moderated by John McWethy, a 1969 DePauw graduate, five-time national Emmy Award-winning reporter and former ABC News chief nationalAl Hubbard small.jpg security correspondent.

Allan Hubbard is the assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council (NEC). Hubbard helped shape the Administration's health reform plan. As director of the NEC, he has an important role in White House energy, Social Security, agriculture, commerce, financial market, labor and fiscal Bob Herbert.jpgpolicies.

New York Times op-ed columnist, Bob Herbert, served as a national correspondent for NBC, editor and reporter for the Daily News, and panelist and host for weekly public issues discussion programs on New York television. Herbert's nationally syndicated writings span many topics, among them poverty, the Iraq war and issues of race.

Taylor Branch.jpgPulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author Taylor Branch is a national authority on America's civil rights movement. His most recent book, At Canaan's Edge, concludes "America in the King Years," a three-volume history of American race, violence and democracy. He has written for a variety of publications, including Washington Monthly, Harper's, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and the New Republic. Branch's conversation will be moderated by DePauw's own Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism.

Bob Steele, a 1969 DePauw graduate and The Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Bob Steele 2006.jpgValues at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., will return to his alma mater for DePauw Discourse. Steele has stayed closely connected to newsrooms through his real-time coaching of journalists, news managers, editors and media leaders on ethics and values issues, and by leading ethics and critical-thinking workshops for more than 75 newspapers, television stations, and newspaper and broadcast groups. He also spent a decade as a television reporter and taught journalism at the University of Maine.ectower dusk

For the exact time and campus location of DePauw Discourse conversations, click here.

In addition to DePauw Discourse sessions, alumni and guest attendees will enjoy entertainment and special dining opportunities. Invitations will be mailed to alumni by late summer. For more information, please contact Steve Setchell at (800) 446-5298 or send an e-mail by clicking here.

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