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Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics Lecture Gwen Ifill: Politics, Policy, and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Chatham University, Campbell Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the Public

Local media may attend the Speaker’s presentation (remarks and audience Q&A). The media may record the first three (3) minutes of the Speaker’s remarks for b-roll footage (video / no audio). No other recordings by the media are permitted.

The event begins with introductory remarks by President Barazzone and Deborah L. Acklin President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia, followed by the lecture, Politics, Policy, and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington by Gwen Ifill.

Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour. She is also frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debates during the 2008 and 2004 elections. Ifill joined both Washington Week and the NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In 2009, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. In 2010, Ifill received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. Before coming to PBS, she spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent. Ifill joined NBC News from The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun and Boston Herald American. She is the author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (Doubleday, 2009).

She has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards, including honors from Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center, the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television and the Matrix Award. A native of New York City and a graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the News Literacy Project.

The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by The Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 in order to honor the Pittsburgh, PA native and longtime political leader. The chair serves as an inspiration and role model for students as well as other members of the University community and citizens of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars and activists to Chatham University to enrich the experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the Center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and capacity building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues

About Chatham University
Chatham University has a long history of commitment to women’s leadership and issues advocacy, and is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson. Today, Chatham is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to The Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll, been honored by the US EPA, named to Sierra magazines list of top 25 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham will open in early 2014, the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan.

Consisting of three colleges and the Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham’s works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students to create a brighter, healthier tomorrow through the fields of sustainability, health and lab sciences, creative and design arts, business, and communication.