October 4, 2000 Geneva, NY – Michael S. Dukakis, former Democratic Presidential Candidate for President and longtime Governor of Massachusetts, will present “2000 Election: A Candidate's Perspective” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Dukakis is currently a distinguished professor of political science at Northeastern University and a visiting professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. He conducts research on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. Dukakis also holds the position of vice-chairman of the Amtrak Reform Board.
The talk is part of the President's Forum series, sponsored by HWS President Mark D. Gearan, and is free and open to the public.
Dukakis began his political career as an elected town meeting member in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1960. He was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1963-70) and was twice elected governor of Massachusetts (1975-79; 1983-91). As a member of the state legislature he sponsored the nation's first no-fault auto insurance bill. As governor his policies included tax amnesty, and his Employment and Training Program to help welfare recipients secure paying jobs. He defeated a crowded field for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, named Senator Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate, but was defeated by George Bush.
Dukakis is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School. He served for two years in the U.S. Army, primarily in Munsan, Korea. He has authored articles on the nation's health care system for the Journal of American Health Policy; the Yale Law and Policy Review; the New England Journal of Medicine; and Compensation and Benefits Management.
President Gearan established the President's Forum Series in the winter of 2000 as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the HWS community and neighbors. All of the Geneva forums are free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information on the upcoming speakers, visit the President's Forum website at www.hws.edu/new/pres/forum/index.html.