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~Wellesley Hosts Two Former Congresswomen in 'Congress to Campus' Program~

For immediate release:
April 1, 2003

Arlie Corday ,

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.


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