Political analyst David Gergen to speak Feb. 23 at UTPA
By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative
(956 665-2741
Posted: 01/31/2011
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A popular TV news analyst and former adviser to four U.S. Presidents will be the next speaker in The University of Texas-Pan American's 2010-2011 Distinguished Speakers Series.

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- David Gergen
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Rio Grande Valley community will have the opportunity to hear from David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 and Situation Room. His topic is titled, "Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America."

Gergen, who joined the Nixon White House in 1971 as a staff assistant on the presidential speech writing team, later went on to serve Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. He also was an adviser to the George H.W. Bush presidential campaign.

Gergen's best-selling book, "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton," was published in 2000. He has also served as an editor of Public Opinion, a magazine of the American Enterprise Institute, and U.S. News & World Report, where he is currently an editor-at-large. He began his career on TV discussing politics on the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.

A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, Gergen is a professor of public service at the Harvard Kennedy School and director of its Center for Public Leadership.

On March 28, the last speaker in the 2010-2011 speaker series will be Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author and host of PBS' NOVA ScienceNOW, who will speak on "Ten Things You Should Know About the Universe."

The Distinguished Speakers Series, now in its seventh year, is underwritten by student fees as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee, and receives support from the Student Union and other University departments.

Gergen’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium. However, seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

For special accommodations or more information, call (956) 665-7989.