Talk to New York Times Editorial Board writer, speechwriter and U.S. ambassador
(March 16,2005) GENEVA, N.Y.– Carolyn Curiel knows how to give a good speech. As the first Latina and person of color to work as a presidential speechwriter, Curiel was responsible for some of the most powerful rhetoric that left the Oval Office. Curiel made headlines in 1995 by drafting the “mend it, don't end it” address on affirmative action. President Clinton later remarked, “The one she wrote today will go down as one of the two or three most important I have ever delivered.”
Hobart and William Smith Colleges play host to Curiel's presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The talk titled “Brother/Sister, Can You Spare a Damn? Opining Away for a Better World” is free and open to the public.
During Clinton's tenure in the White House, Curiel devoted herself to social issues including education, healthcare, worker's rights, environmental protections and race relations. Her efforts helped set the tone for the administration and defined an era of public service and social commitment in America.
In 1997 she was named U.S. Ambassador to Belize. Curiel brought all of her dedication and talent to bear, negotiating major treaties on counter-narcotics operations, extradition and legal collaboration on behalf of the President. She managed a staff of 100 as well as 50 Peace Corps volunteers, embarking on targeted projects to better healthcare, promote cultural and educational exchange and encourage economic success.
At present, Curiel sits on the Editorial Board of The New York Times where she draws on her experience and expertise in politics, international diplomacy, environmental policy and race relations. No stranger to journalism, she was an Emmy-nominated producer and writer for ABC News “Nightline” and an editor at The Washington Post before her long career in public service.