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Appearance of Vernon Jordan '57 in New Film Creates Buzz at Sundance Festival

January 20, 2008

Vernon Jordan Discourse 2.jpgJanuary 20, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Writing from the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, Entertainment Weekly.com notes "a press screening of the festival's first acquisition, The Black List (a documentary by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell about the contemporary African-American experience), where Chris Rock, one of the film's subjects, had his comic thunder stolen by another interviewee... political adviser Vernon Jordan. Indeed, at Sundance, you never know what to expect."

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The Black List: Volume One features interviews with a number of influential black leaders. Besides Vernon Jordan, a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, and Rock, other contributors to the film include Sean Combs, Colin Powell, Suzan-Lori Parks and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It has been acquired by HBO Documentary Films.

Jordan served as president of the National Urban League and served as an adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter. He is currently senior vernon e jordan jr.jpgcounsel at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and senior managing director of the investment firm Lazard Fréres & Co. LLC. He will deliver the spring convocation address at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs on May 17.

An advisory member of DePauw's Board of Trustees, Vernon Jordan has twice served as DePauw's commencement speaker. Last June, he delivered an address to his classmates at their 50th reunion. An MP3 of the entire speech is included in this previous story.

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