WELLESLEY, Mass. -- On April 8-10, two former members of
Congress will visit Wellesley College to discuss how Congress
and the government really work while making an appeal to
public service and bipartisan cooperation.
Jan Meyers (R-KS, 1985-1996) and Liz Patterson (D-SC,
1987-1992) will teach classes in American politics, environmental
issues, Congress and the presidency; speak to political
and government groups; meet informally with students; and
offer two lectures that are free and open to the public.
"Public Service and Non-Profit Career Opportunities"
will take place Tuesday, April 8, from 4:15-5:30 pm; "Congress,
U.S. Foreign Policy Making and War With Iraq" will
be presented Wednesday, April 9, from 4:45-6 pm, both in
Pendleton East Hall, room 239.
The events are part of the Congress to Campus Program,
which sends bipartisan pairs of former members of Congress
-- one Democrat and one Republican -- to visit college,
university and community college campuses around the country
for two to three days. The program is sponsored by the U.
S. Association of Former Members of Congress and is managed
in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service.
Founded in 1982, the organization is nonpartisan, nonprofit
and national in scope.
Meyers was the first female to chair a House committee
since 1976 and the first Republican woman since 1954. She
served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, with subcommittee
assignments to Economic Policy, Trade and Environment and
to Europe and the Middle East. She also was on the Human
Rights and International Organizations subcommittee. Considered
a moderate, she is pro-choice on abortion and has middle-of-the-road
positions on economic, cultural and foreign policy issues.
Patterson served on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
committees and subcommittees on Housing and Community Development,
Regulation and Insurance and Economic Stabilization as well
as on Veterans' Affairs and the Select Committee on Hunger.
Before coming to Congress, she was a recruiting officer
for the Peace Corps and a VISTA and Head Start coordinator.
A moderate, she campaigned as a fiscal conservative concerned
about human needs.
"This program is significant because it reinforces
Wellesley's mission of educating women who will make a difference
in the world, by further inspiring students to pursue career
opportunities in public service," said event organizer
Jeff Gulati, assistant professor of political science at
Wellesley College. For more information, call 781-283-2209.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.