Perez Ferguson to visit Ozarks on fellowship program

Release Date: 10/29/2007

Clarksville, Ark. -- Renowned author, speaker and trainer Anita Perez Ferguson, the former president of National Women's Political Caucus, will be at the University of the Ozarks from Nov. 12-16 as a visiting lecturer from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program.

Perez Ferguson's visit is part of the University’s 2006-2007 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

One of the highlights of the week will be a lecture and discussion by Perez Ferguson at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Rowntree Recital Hall, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Named one of "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States" by Hispanic Business magazine, Perez Ferguson was appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. senate to chair the Inter-American Foundation. In addition, she served as the White House liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Perez Ferguson has trained women in leadership and political skills in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. She has also been a weekly contributor to WAMC National Public Radio in New York on issues of demographic diversity as well as domestic and international public policy. A former U.S. Representative from California, Perez Ferguson is a frequently quoted news source on subjects such as women in politics, political strategy, election reform and minority isues.

Perez Ferguson recently published a book called Women Seen and Heard, which focuses on women as public speakers. She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Westmont College, a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara and a master's in management from the University of the Redlands.

She will also present lectures for classes, teaching forums and civic organizations during her visit to U of O. For more information on her visit, please contact the University at 479-979-1346.