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A Newsweek editor, the author of “The Accidental Asian” and the former U.S. Ambassador to Belize to explore matters of diversity in President's Forum Series

Centering on the issues of diversity, equity and social justice, three prominent guests will join the President's Forum Series this spring in a series of public discussions sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark D. Gearan.

Carolyn Curiel, the first Latina to serve as a Presidential speech writer, will open the discussions with her visit to campus on Monday, March 28. Curiel coined the phrase “mend it, don't end it” in President Bill Clinton's Affirmative Action speech of 1995. She serves as a member of the New York Times editorial board and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belize from 1997 until 2001. She was an Emmy-nominated producer and writer for Ted Koppel at ABC's “Nightline.”

Contributing editor of Newsweek magazine Eleanor Clift will join the Series on Monday, April 18. Clift is well-known as a panelist on “The McLaughlin Group” and the author and co-author of several books including “Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling” which tracks the rise of women in politics and the quest to elect a female U.S. president. She is currently assigned to Capitol Hill where she is covering the war on terrorism. Her weekly column “Capitol Letter” appears on and

Eric Liu, author of “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker,” a work that Henry Louis Gates called “a major contribution to the literature that defines what it means to be an American” will conclude the spring discussions on Wednesday, April 27. Liu is a CNN commentator, NPR host, Slate magazine writer and founder of the Guiding Lights Project, a mentoring outreach program.

Liu will speak at 8 p.m. The other talks will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. They are free and open to the public. The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Gearan, 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 interested community members.