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Bush Presidency to be Evaluated April 11

BOONE–“The President, the Public, Media and Governing: Evaluating the George W. Bush Presidency” will be discussed April 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Appalachian State University.

The public is invited.

The symposium features Eileen O’Connor, former CNN bureau chief in Moscow and correspondent in Washington, D.C., and George Edwards, a political science professor at Texas A&M University. It will be held in 104 Whitener Hall.

O’Connor spent seven years working for CNN in Moscow, the last three as bureau chief where she broke news of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation and ensuing appointment of Vladimir Putin. As White House correspondent, she covered the investigation and impeachment of President Bill Clinton. She also has reported from various war zones, including Romania, Afghanistan and Bosnia.

Edwards has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited 16 books on American politics and public policy making, including the forthcoming “Changing Their Minds? The Failure of the Bully Pulpit” from Yale University Press. Edwards founded The Center for Presidential Studies at Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service in 1992 and served as its director until 2001. He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

O’Connor and Edwards will be joined in the symposium by three Appalachian faculty: American studies expert Karl E. Campbell, Department of History; media expert David Considine, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; and presidency expert David Sutton, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

Daniel B. German, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, will serve as moderator.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and the College of Arts and Sciences.