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Helen Thomas Kicks Off President’s Forum Series

Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas is the first of seven international figures to offer a public discussion as part of the spring President’s Forum lecture series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

January 17, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.— Covering every president from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, venerable journalist Helen Thomas has had unprecedented access to some of the most powerful men in American history, as well as a ringside seat to decades worth of landmark events worldwide. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Thomas will share her unique perspective as the first speaker in this semester’s President’s Forum series, the theme of which is International Relations and Global Service.

Thomas’ credentials are impressive. She was the only print journalist to travel with Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972, and has traveled extensively with presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. She also has covered every presidential economic summit.

Perhaps best known for asking the first question at presidential press conferences and closing every one with “Thank you, Mr. President,” Thomas also is the author of two books, “Thanks for the Memories, Mr. President” and “Front Row at the White House.”

Her talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The lecture is free and the public is invited.

Other upcoming series events include:
• Monday, March 24: Nancy Soderberg, former Ambassador to the United Nations and current Vice President of International Crisis Group

• Monday, April 14: Congressman Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.)and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) on the Congressional agenda.

• Thursday, April 24: “The Real West Wing,” featuring former press secretary Jake Siewert, former presidential assistant Stephen Goodin and John Harris of The Washington Post

• Date TBA: Donna Brazile, former campaign manager for Al Gore, frequent contributor of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and adjunct professor of women's studies at Georgetown University

Visit http://www.hws.edu/academics/community/presidentsforum/index.asp for more information.