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Foreign Policy Expert, Author Susan Eisenhower Visits OWU

February 15, 2000

[ Susan Eisenhower Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Thursday, Feb. 24, Susan Eisenhower will speak on the Ohio Wesleyan campus as the politics and government John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecturer. Eisenhower is the president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that provides political, economic, trade, marketing and investment analysis to Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs.

Her lecture, titled, "United States, Russia Relations After Clinton and Yeltsin," is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Prior to the evening lecture, the politics and government department will sponsor an informal discussion with Eisenhower. The discussion is scheduled for 3 p.m. and is titled, "Careers for Women in Politics and Government: What First Ladies Tell Us About American Society." The discussion is based on her book, Mrs. Ike, a biography of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.

In addition to Eisenhower's consulting work, she is also the founder and chairman of the Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington. The Center is a non-profit organization that conducts research, holds symposiums and provides political analysis.

Eisenhower has concentrated almost 14 years of her career on U.S.-Soviet and then U.S.-Russian relations. As President of the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, she started traveling to the Soviet Union. She designed and implemented the Institute's U.S.-Soviet program.

In the spring of 1998, Eisenhower was elected to the National Academy of Sciences' standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC). During the fall of 1998, she spent four months in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a visiting fellow at Harvard University, specifically the Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics.

Eisenhower has addressed many groups including the Business Executives of Chicago, on Russia and U.S. foreign policy. And over the last eight years, she has been a regular contributor to the broadcast and print media. She has made appearances on CNN, Fox Morning News, MSNBC and Good Morning America.

The John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture, in its eleventh year, is in honor of John Kennard "Jeff" Eddy, an Ohio Wesleyan student who was killed in a car crash in 1988 along with two other Ohio Wesleyan students, William Frederick Kroener IV and James William Riesz. The lecture was established by contributions from family and friends in memory of John "Jeff" Eddy.

Sean Kay, assistant professor of politics and government and chair of the International Studies Program, is pleased to welcome Eisenhower to campus. Eisenhower is a nationally known speaker and a public expert on politics.

Eisenhower is also the granddaughter of President Eisenhower and wife of eminent space scientist, Ronald Sagdeev.