U of O to host renowned political columnist

Release Date: 8/29/2012

Clarksville, Ark. --- Internationally renowned political columnist Eleanor Clift will visit University of the Ozarks from Sept. 9-12 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. Clift will conduct classes, seminars, workshops and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share practical knowledge in the areas of politics and communications.

Eleanor Clift

Internationally renowned political columnist Eleanor Clift will visit University of the Ozarks from Sept. 9-12 as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program.

One of the highlights of Clift's visit will be a talk on the state of the 2012 presidential election at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, in the Rogers Conference Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Clift's visit is sponsored through a joint program by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

"Eleanor Clift will be a perfect fit for University of the Ozarks," said Dr. David Strain, chair of the U of O Division of Humanities and Fine Arts Division. "Our students will have a chance to meet a world-class columnist with a deep knowledge of politics and communications helping to create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds. We're delighted that she will also have time to get to know our campus and to explore in depth how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society."

Clift has been a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine since 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues. She is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," and has appeared as herself in several movies, including "Dave," "Independence Day," "Murder at 1600," "Rising Sun," and the CBS series, "Murphy Brown." Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, "War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics,"  and "Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling." Her book, "Founding Sisters," is about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote. Her most recent book, "Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics," is about the loss of her husband together with an examination of how we deal with death in America. Formerly Newsweek's White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a key member of the magazine's 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from the start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named Deputy Washington bureau chief.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC's website at www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 640 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education's contributions to society. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

For more information on Clift's visit to Ozarks, please visit http://www.ozarks.edu/wais or call Strain at 479-979-1340.