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Todd Purdum Joins President’s Forum

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Award-winning journalist Todd S. Purdum, senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, will visit campus on Monday, Feb. 24 as the next guest of the President's Forum Series.

A veteran Washington reporter, he is the author of the forthcoming book, "An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964," (Times Books) which will be released this spring for the legislation's anniversary.

Titled "The Real House of Cards: A View from Washington," the forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The event will feature a panel discussion with Purdum led by President Mark D. Gearan. Panelists include Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas, and students Morgan Gilbard '15 and Will Holstrom '14.

Purdum joined Vanity Fair as national editor in 2006 and recently became a contributing editor. He was formerly with The New York Times, where he worked for 23 years, starting as copyboy and eventually covering politics from city hall to the White House. He also held the positions of metropolitan reporter and city-hall bureau chief in New York, and as correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief.

He is a native of Macomb, Ill., and a graduate of Princeton University. He lives in Washington with his wife, Dee Dee Myers L.H.D. '05, the former White House press secretary, political commentator and consultant, and their two children. She served as the HWS Commencement speaker in 2005.

Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President's Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. The most recent guest of the President's Forum was Gus Schumacher, executive vice president of policy and co-founder of Wholesome Wave.

Other recent speakers have included Former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress; activist speaker Judy Shepard; Mayor of Ithaca Svante Myrick; Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and political activist and author The Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle.

Upcoming guests of the President’s Forum Series for the spring semester include: Charles Merwin “Trey” Grayson III, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, on Thursday, March 6; Chris Marvin, managing director of the “Got Your 6” campaign, on Thursday, March 13; Dr. Kathy Platoni '74, clinical psychologist, author and retired U.S. Army Colonel, on Monday, March 24; and Victor Simpson '63, Rome Bureau Chief for the Associated Press, on Monday, March 31.

 


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