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Political Experts, Journalists Gather at OWU to Discuss 'Bush Agenda'

February 14, 2003

[ Nick Calio Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Several of the nation's leading political experts, journalists and scholars will gather at Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday, Feb. 21, to discuss the topic, "What Will Be Left of the Bush Agenda?" The program, which is part of the C. Edwin Lovell Lecture/Arneson Forum, will begin with roundtable presentations starting at 3 p.m., followed by general discussion in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. The panelists include:

Nick Calio is Citigroup Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs. Calio, a 1975 OWU graduate, formerly was White House Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, with primary responsibility for formulating and implementing strategy on all legislative matters. Calio also served first as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs in charge of relations with the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and was a partner at O'Brien•Calio, a law and lobbying firm he co-founded in 1993, prior to joining the Bush White House.

[ Juliet Eilperin Photo ]David W. Brady is Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Research at the Hoover Institution. He also is the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Ethics in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as Professor of Political Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford. Brady is an expert on the U.S. Congress and congressional decision making. His current research focuses on the political history of the U.S. Congress, the history of U.S. election results, and public policy processes in general. In 1995 and 2000, he received the Congressional Quarterly Prize, and in 1992, he was awarded the Dinkelspiel Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Stanford University. Brady has taught previously at Rice University, where he was awarded the George Brown Award for Superior Teaching. He received a B.S. degree from Western Illinois University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa.


[ Tom Edsall Photo ]Juliet Eilperin is a congressional correspondent at the Washington Post, for which she covers the House of Representatives. Growing up in Washington, she was always interested in politics, and developed her love for journalism while studying politics and Latin American studies at Princeton University. Upon graduation, she won a Luce Scholarship, which allows American students to learn about Asia. She flew to South Korea to write for a business magazine in Seoul. After returning to the United States, Eilperin worked for States News Service, followed by her work for Roll Call, a newspaper dedicated to covering Congress. She then joined the Washington Post in 1998.

Tom Edsall has reported on politics for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun for the past 35 years. During that time, he has written about race, ideology, money and class. Before joining the Post in 1981, Edsall was a reporter at the Providence Journal Bulletin and the Baltimore Sun. He also has written for such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Washington Monthly, and has authored numerous books, including The Reagan Legacy, which he co-edited with Sidney Blumenthal. He is a graduate of Boston University, where he majored in political science.

[ Ronald Brownstein Photo ]Ronald Brownstein is a national political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and the author of the weekly "Washington Outlook" column, which appears in the Times and is syndicated nationally. He has been with the newspaper since 1990, except for several months in 1998 when he served as chief political correspondent and columnist for U.S. News and World Report. Brownstein also is a political analyst for CNN programs such as Morning News and Wolf Blitzer Reports. He also has appeared as a regular panelist on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, The News Hour with Jim Leher, and Washington Week in Review, and has been a guest on Charlie Rose's Nightline, the three network morning programs and CNBC, as well as C-SPAN. He has authored or edited numerous books, including The Power and the Glitter: The Hollywood-Washington Connection. Brownstein's articles on politics, public policy, books and culture have appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, Newsday, and the Miami Herald. He has served as White House and national politics correspondent for the National Journal, and was the chief staff writer for Ralph Nader in Washington. Brownstein, who graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton, was named one of Washington's 20 best and most influential journalists in 2001 by Washington Magazine.

Also contributing as a panelist is Carl Pinkele, the Charles W. Fairbanks Professor of Politics and Government at OWU, director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and coordinator of this event, and moderator Charles Hilty, formerly Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents George Bush and William Clinton and a 1956 OWU graduate.

The discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, call 740-368-3906.