Dean and Rove to debate at DePauw Sept. 11

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

GREENCASTLE -- Two heavyweights on the national political scene -- Howard Dean, who recently completed a four-year term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Karl Rove, the former chief political adviser to President George W. Bush -- are coming to DePauw University on Sept. 11. In a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture, the two men will engage in a debate on "America in 2009: Challenges and Opportunities." The program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts (605 S. College Avenue).

Like all Ubben Lectures, the program is free and open to all. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required.

Howard Dean

A physician, Dean served as governor of Vermont from 1991-2003. His groundbreaking 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and subsequent four years as chair of the Democratic National Committee have provided him with both an insider's view and a reformer's commitment to the economy, foreign trade policy and international relations.

As former chair of the National Governor's Association, he also has vast knowledge of domestic issues. Governor Dean recently released a new book, Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Health Care Reform.

Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as "unique ... no presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon." As deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President Bush, Rove solidified his reputation as a master strategist whose "game has always been long term," as columnist David Broder wrote, "and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match."

Karl Rove

Now a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek and FOX News contributor, Rove was ranked #1 on both the UK's Telegraph list of the "50 Most Influential Political Pundits in America" as well as New York magazine's "Most Popular Political Pundit Index."

The evening's format will allow members of the DePauw community to present the issues and questions for Mssrs. Rove and Dean. Details will be announced soon.

Established in 1986 through the generous support of 1958 DePauw graduates Timothy H. and Sharon Williams Ubben, the Ubben Lecture Series was designed to "bring the world to Greencastle" and presents events which are available for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community to enjoy.

Previous guests have included Benazir Bhutto, Tony Blair, Shimon Peres, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Spike Lee, Peyton Manning, Mitch Albom, General Colin Powell, Greg Mortenson, Elie Wiesel, Ken Burns, Todd Rundgren, General Wesley Clark, Naomi Wolf, David Plouffe, Harry Belafonte, E.O. Wilson, Jesse Jackson, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, David McCullough, Paul Rusesabagina, Margaret Thatcher and Jane Pauley.

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  • Karl Rove, wow, DePauw is actually paying this man to speak? Be careful Greencastle, if he asks you to stare at his shiny pen,,, CLOSE YOUR EYES!!

    (That's is a MIB movie reference for the satire impaired)

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Wed, Aug 12, 2009, at 6:20 AM
  • This will be a program worthy to attend. Thank you, DePauw. And, please, Xgamer, enough of the smart remarks.

    -- Posted by not gullible on Wed, Aug 12, 2009, at 7:41 AM
  • ""no presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.""

    This guy is a genius. He could have convinced America to vote for Charles Manson if he was nominated. I compliment the success he had at what he did but I don't support it at all.

    not gullible, are my freedoms reformed recently by you? I did not get the memo.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 6:18 AM
  • I think this event might be interesting because it forces Howard Dean to listen to Karl Rove, but I can't see it being interesting in terms of a debate - Dean is incapable of being coherent when he's all alone, having him try to offer arguments against Rove is laughable.

    Xgamer, Wow... I think the definition of satire impaired is having to explain when you're attempting to be satirical. You nailed it - good job!

    -- Posted by JLee on Wed, Aug 19, 2009, at 10:02 PM
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