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David Gergen, Former Presidential Advisor and CNN’s Top Political Analyst, to Speak at TLU

January 19, 2011

David Gergen, former advisor to four U.S. Presidents and CNN’s top senior political analyst, will speak on the topic of leadership as part of Texas Lutheran University’s Brown Distinguished Lecture Series. Gergen’s lecture, “Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America” will be held February 22, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson Auditorium on the TLU campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

“We are extremely excited to have someone of David Gergen’s caliber and prestige speaking at TLU and sharing his experiences and insights with our students, faculty, staff and community,” said Steve Anderson, TLU’s Senior Vice President. 

Gergen will apply his 40 years of political experiences to address the state of the country, the new Congress, partisan politics and repercussions of U.S. actions on world affairs during his lecture on “Leadership in America.” Gergen, who is the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, speaks from vast experience as an inside man in four presidential administrations from Nixon to Clinton. 

The journalist and advisor first worked in the Nixon White House as part of a speech writing team that includes other well known political and journalism figures such as Ben Stein, William Safire and Pat Buchanan. He later joined the Ford administration after Richard Nixon’s resignation. When Republicans returned to power under Ronald Reagan, Gergen was back as director of communications in the Reagan administration. In 1980, he advised the presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush before Bush became Reagan’s vice presidential pick. 

In 1993, Gergen made an unprecedented move to advise Bill Clinton in his presidency in various capacities including foreign policy and domestic affairs. He then served as special international advisor to the president and Secretary of State Warren Christopher. 

Today, in addition to his positions at CNN and Harvard, he is editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report, a publication he twice helmed as editor. He also was the first managing editor for the magazine Public Opinion. The U.S. Navy veteran and North Carolina native graduated from Yale in 1963 and completed law school at Harvard in 1967. He now resides in Cambridge, Mass. 

About the Brown Cultural Series 

The Brown Distinguished Lecture Series is funded by the Brown Endowment Fund, which was established by the late Jessie Schulz Brown, a 1938 Texas Lutheran graduate. Proceeds from the fund support lectures, concerts, art exhibits and other events to enrich the arts, sciences and culture at Texas Lutheran.

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