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DePauw Discourse 2006 Opens Thursday with Iraq Study Group Co-Chair & US Education Secretary

October 22, 2006

Official DePauw Discourse 2006 Web Site

Margaret Spellings.jpgOctober 22, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - An address by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, "Educating Our Citizens to Compete and Succeed in the New Global Economy," is but one of the highlights of DePauw Discourse 2006, which opens Thursday on the DePauw University campus. All sessions are free and open to the public. The two-day symposium begins at 4 p.m. Thursday when Lee H. Hamilton '52 and John McWethy '69 discuss "How Deep is America's Crisis?"

"DePauw Discourse provides remarkable opportunities for alumni, faculty members, students and distinguished guests to explore vital issues, engage in thought-provoking discourse and discover points of view not readily available through the media or our everyday lives," says Joyce Taglauer Green `75, who chairs DePauw Discourse as a member of the executive committee of the Washington C. DePauw Society, which presents the event. "I hope people will avail themselves of the chance to hear from, and ask questions of, some of the nation's top leaders and thinkers in what amounts to a rather intimate setting."

The roster of DePauw Discourse 2006 guests also includes President Bush's chief economic adviser, Allan B. Hubbard; author Taylor Branch; Bob Herbert of the New York Times; media ethicist Bob Steele DePauw Discourse.jpg'69; the Capitol Steps comedy troupe; and others.

The events of Thursday, October 26 include:

  • 4 p.m. How Deep is America's Crisis? A Conversation with Lee Hamilton '52. The former U.S. Congressman, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group and former vice chair of 9/11 Commission talks with John McWethy '69, former ABC News National Security Correspondent; East College, Meharry Hall.
  • 8 p.m. Educating Our Citizens to Compete and Succeed in the New Global Economy. Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education; Performing Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium.

Friday's schedule includes:

  • 9 a.m. A Conversation with Al Hubbard. The assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council talks with Mary Dixon, Q.G. Noblitt Professor of Economics and Management at DePauw; East College, Meharry Hall.
  • 10:30 a.m. The Biographer's Craft: A Conversation with Taylor Branch. The Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years has a conversation with Ken Bode, DePauw's Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism; East College, Meharry Hall.
  • 1:30 p.m. What Kind of Country Do We Want to Live in?: A Conversation with Bob Herbert. The New York Times op-ed columnist talks with Brett O'Bannon, assistant professor of political science at DePauw; East College, Meharry Hall.
  • 3 p.m. The Ethics Cauldron: Loyalty, Leaders and Tough Choices. A forum exploring ethical case issues across the professions. Panelists are: Ed Bennett '68, editor editorials, Louisville Courier-Journal; Dr. Raymonda Burgman, assistant professor of economics and management; Robert Darnall `60, retired chairman and CEO of Inland Steel Industries; Rev. Dr. Brenda Stiers '60, United Church of Christ pastor; Larry N. Tibbetts '56, retired major general, United States Air Force; moderator: Bob Steele '69, Nelson PoynterIndianapolis Monthly Oct 2006.jpg Scholar, The Poynter Institute; Memorial Student Union Building, Ballroom.
  • 8 p.m. The Capitol Steps. Performing Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium.

For a complete schedule, speakers biographies and more, visit the DePauw Discourse 2006 Web site.

The October edition of Indianapolis Monthly magazine previews DePauw Discourse and includes an interview with Jack McWethy. Read more by clicking here.

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