Former Governor Roemer is Next ‘Leading Voices’ Speaker


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Buddy Roemer (photo courtesy Roemer campaign)

Charles “Buddy” Roemer, former governor of Louisiana, will deliver the next “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” lecture on Thursday, July 21.

Roemer will present “A Road Map for the American Middle Class.“ In the face of widespread economic dislocation, stagnant wages, and rising inequality, he’ll speak about what the federal government can—or should—do to broaden economic opportunity and security for “typical” Americans. His lecture, the fourth in the new series which runs through August, begins at 4:30 p.m., in Moore Theater in the Hopkins Center. It is free and open to the public.

The ”Leading Voices“ series, which is bringing national political and policy experts and presidential candidates to Dartmouth, is sponsored by the Office of the President and Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.

Each lecture will address a major topic shaping current policy and political debate at the national level. The issues include the federal deficit, health care reform, the public education system, financial bailouts, and partisan politics.

Roemer, who is widely touted as a presidential candidate but has not yet declared that he will run for the Republican nomination, served four terms in Congress, from 1981 to 1988, as a conservative Democrat who often broke ranks with his party to vote with President Reagan. He was governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992. Elected governor as a Democrat, Roemer changed his party affiliation to Republican in 1991.

Roemer’s speech, along with others in the series, will be available for viewing on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel after his talk.

Previous speakers were former Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner ’83, and Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim. Speaking later this month will be Republican candidate for president Jon Huntsman Jr., on July 26, and Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City public schools, on July 28. A full slate of speakers is set for August, and Dartmouth may announce other lecturers in the coming weeks. See the lecture website for up-to-date details.

About the “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy” Lecture Series

The lectures are integrated with a new team-taught summer term course called “Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy,” sponsored by the Rockefeller Center.

“The lectures are an opportunity for students and members of the larger community to share a common intellectual experience,” said President Kim. “This course is another way Dartmouth is engaging students in the complexities of the world and bringing a diversity of perspectives to the campus.”

The team-taught course is led by visiting Professor Charles Wheelan ’88, of the Harris School at the University of Chicago. Wheelan, a former member of the Board of Visitors at the Rockefeller Center, has returned to his alma mater each year since 2006 to teach summer courses in economics and public policy.

Also teaching is Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving A’72, P’10 Professor of Economics, and director of the Rockefeller Center; Bruce Sacerdote ’90, the Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in Economics; Deborah Brooks, associate professor of government; and Dean Lacy, professor of government.

The guest lecturers will, in most cases, speak to the class in advance of presenting a public lecture. Similar lecture series may be held in future years on topics relevant to a liberal arts education.

The lectures are timed to take advantage of the great opportunity New Hampshire’s presidential primary affords to invite candidates to visit Dartmouth. However, the summer series won’t be the only Dartmouth stop on politicians’ calendars. This fall, Republican presidential candidates will be on campus for a debate on the U.S. economy, set for October 11, 2011. Hosted by Dartmouth, Bloomberg Television, The Washington Post, and WBIN-TV, the event will be broadcast nationally and around the globe by Bloomberg Television and streamed online by

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Susan J. Boutwell