Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Bob Woodward, 2 politicos to lecture at NKU this fall

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - One of America's best-known journalists and a pair of political pundits are the scheduled speakers for the fourth annual Northern Kentucky University Alumni Lecture series this fall.

The 7 p.m. Oct. 2 lecture and discussion, "Governing in America: The President, the Press and the People" will feature:

• Pulitzer Prize-winner Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. The author of nine best-selling books about Washington, the military and politics, Woodward and fellow reporter Carl Bernstein won the Post a 1973 Pulitzer Prize for their work exposing the Watergate scandal, which led to the downfall of the president, Richard Nixon.

• Political strategist and pundit Mary Matalin, a former top aide to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney who also served as chief of staff for the Republican National Committee. She has also hosted the political talk shows Crossfire and Equal Time and is married to Democratic Party strategist and author James Carville, who appeared at last year's lecture series along with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

• Paul Begala, who served as a top strategist to President Clinton, is said to have been the inspiration for the character of Josh Lyman on the hit show West Wing. Begala is co-host of Crossfire and an author of the book Is Our Children Learning? The Case Against George W. Bush .

The event will be in Regents Hall on NKU's Highland Heights campus.

Tickets will cost: $30 for the public; $25 for NKU alumni, faculty and staff; and $5 for students. Tickets, which go on sale June 1, can be purchased at the Office of Alumni Affairs or by calling (859) 572-5486. Student tickets will be available at NKU's Office of Student Activities.

Cincinnati Post columnist Nick Clooney will serve as master of ceremonies.

"Each year the lecture gets better, and each year the excitement level for the event increases," said NKU president Dr. James Votruba.

Past lectures have featured former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, one-time GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes, syndicated newspaper columnist George Will and former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulous.

Cuomo and Keyes, who are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, had a few heated exchanges during their 2001 appearance. At one point, Clooney, who was also emceeing that year's event, had to put his hand over Keyes' microphone because the speaker kept interrupting Cuomo.

"Almost immediately after last year's event ended, people starting asking about this year's lecture," said Steve Olding, chair of the lecture series.

"The experiences and expertise that these three speakers bring to the event will undoubtedly not disappoint fans of the Alumni Lecture Series."


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