As an academic community committed to open debate and discussion, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will memorialize September 11, 2001 by opening dialogue with a leading member of the 9/11 commission and a top newspaper editor.
The President's Radio Show, hosted by Mark D. Gearan, will bring together two distinguished guests to share their experiences and expertise on the issue: The Honorable Jamie Gorelick, an influential lawyer appointed by Congress to the 9/11 Commission and Tony Reid '79, assistant foreign editor at The Washington Post on 9/11 will discuss life in the post-9/11 world with panelists including Kevin Dunn of the political science faculty and student representatives of the College Republicans, the College Democrats, Progressive Student Union and the Intercultural Affairs Office.
The radio show, “9/11: Five Years Later: Security, Press and Politics,” will be produced in front of a live audience at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library and broadcast on the radio station WEOS-FM, 89.7 and 90.3. The public is welcome.
Appointed by Congress, Gorelick was one of 10 commissioners, and the only woman, to serve on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate 9/11. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Gorelick has served as Deputy Attorney General of the United States and as general counsel to the Department of Defense. She continues to advise the President and senior officials on issues on security and national intelligence as a member of the CIA's National Security Advisory Panel and the President's Review of Intelligence.
Tony Reid '79 served as Assistant Foreign Editor at The Washington Post during 9/11. During his tenure, The Post won two Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting while covering the Indian Ocean tsunami and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq-in addition to its outstanding coverage of 9/11. As a student, Reid was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society and served as the co-founder of the independent magazine Running Iron.
The President's Radio Show, which first hit the airwaves in the fall of 2005, features prominent call-in guests from a variety of backgrounds discussing issues of local, state and national importance with host President Mark Gearan and student and faculty panelists. Previous guests have included political commentators Hugh Hewitt, Paul Begala, Donna Brazile and Torie Clarke, retired Federal Judge Herbert J. Stern '58 and others.