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President’s Forum Event Hosted in Washington, D.C.

Dee Dee Myers featured guest at alum event at The University Club on March 19

(March 4, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President's Forum lecture series goes on the road this month to the nation's capital. HWS President Mark D. Gearan and the Washington, D.C., alumni and alumnae club host a talk by Dee Dee Myers, former White House Press Secretary and political analyst/commentator.

Myers presents “Election 2004: An Insider's View” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19, at The University Club on N.W. 16th Street. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Mary Lou Chilbert at

Myers is sought-after as a lecturer on politics, current events and women's issues. Her standing engagements include contributing editor with Vanity Fair magazine and regular guest appearances on NBC's “Today Show.” In addition, she acts as a consultant for the television drama “The West Wing” and runs her own business, Dee Dee Myers & Associates.

The youngest White House Press Secretary, Myers also was the first woman to hold the position, when she served in that capacity under President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s. As press secretary, she participated in a wide range of events and initiatives, from the signing of the monumental Mideast peace accords to the passage of Clinton's first budget. In addition, she was part of the President's official delegation on trips to 25 foreign countries.

Before joining the Clinton administration, Myers worked on a variety of local, state and national political campaigns. She served as press secretary during Dianne Feinstein's 1990 gubernatorial bid in California, and worked on the presidential campaigns of Gov. Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President Walter F. Mondale. She also worked on the staffs of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and California State Senator Art Torres.

A graduate of Santa Clara University, Myers lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Todd S. Purdum, a correspondent for The New York Times, and their two children.

The President's Forum was established in January 2000 by President Gearan as a way to bring a variety of interesting speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, and community members. Several Forum events have been scheduled off-campus as a way to reach the greater Hobart and William Smith community. Past events have been held in Boston and Washington.