Obama's progress to be topic of lecture Oct. 15

The Obama Administration and its progress to date will be the topic of the 12th Annual Blavatt Lecture Oct. 15 at Gettysburg College.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture, "Obama: A Progress Report," will take place in the College Union Building Ballroom. Howard Fineman, Newsweek magazine's senior Washington correspondent and columnist, senior editor and deputy bureau chief, will deliver the talk. The lecture is open to the public at no charge. Students with a Gettysburg College I.D. will receive a free copy of Fineman's latest book, The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define Our Country.

Fineman is the author of "Living Politics," a column in the magazine and on Newsweek.com and MSNBC.com. An awarding-winning writer, Fineman is also an analyst for NBC News and its cable affiliates "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." Fineman's work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and New Republic. He has received several awards including a Page One from the Headliners Club of New York, Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association and Deadline Club from the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to covering politics, Fineman has written about the rise of the religious right, power of talk radio, race and politics, Pledge of Allegiance controversy, impact of digital technology on society and influence of Hollywood on politics. Fineman's recent book, The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define Our Country, illustrates that every debate from our nation's founding to the Age of Obama is rooted in one of the 13 arguments that defy solution. A native of Pittsburgh, Fineman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University and earned a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville.

Inaugurated in 1996, the Blavatt Lecture Series annually brings to Gettysburg College individuals whose professional experiences provide a unique perspective on the American political system. Previous speakers include former Majority Leader of the United States Senate Tom Daschle, former Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Richard Armey, former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Governor Howard Dean, New York Times Supreme Court senior correspondent Linda Greenhouse and 1961 Gettysburg College graduate Fred Fielding, counselor to President Reagan and President Bush.

The lecture is made possible by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Blavatt of Owings Mills, Md. Both of the Blavatt's sons graduated from Gettysburg College, as did their spouses: Jeffrey and Kelly and Jason and Amy.

More information is available at 717-337-6040.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,600, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations

 

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Thu, 8 Oct 2009


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