For Immediate Release
Contact: Cristal Logan
Community Outreach Director
The Aspen Institute
United States Senator Arlen Specter Featured
in a Discussion as Part of the McCloskey Speaker Series
Aspen, CO, June 29, 2009 –– The 2009 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series continues its summer season with A Conversation with United States Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) moderated by Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. The event will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets for the McCloskey Speaker Series are $15 each and will go on sale on June 30 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.
Sen. Specter’s five terms have made him the longest serving Senator in Pennsylvania history. However, after recently changing his party affiliation to Democrat after decades of being a Republican, Senator Specter faces a tough reelection campaign. In 2006 Time Magazine named Senator Specter one of the ‘ten best Senators.’ Since first elected in 1980, Arlen Specter has brought rugged individualism and fierce independence learned from his youth on the Kansas plains to become a leading Senate moderate. His work as Philadelphia’s tough District Attorney gave him insights to write the Terrorist Prosecution Act, the Armed Career Criminal Act and co-author of the Second Chance Act.
Sen. Specter has a long history of playing a key role in judicial nominations. He was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearings for Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. In previous hearings Sen. Specter crossed party lines in opposing Judge Bork and Justice Thomas. Arlen Specter has a long history of compromise and conciliation in an ever increasingly partisan Congress. In foreign affairs, he has advocated dialogue and accommodation as an antidote to belligerency and saber rattling.
Tickets to this event can be purchased online at www.aspenshowtickets.com or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Cristal Logan at 970-544-7929 or [email protected], call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents.
Upcoming speakers to be featured summer events include:
Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Ezekiel Emanuel, Senior Counselor, White House Office of Management and Budget, Health Policy
Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi
Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen Fund; Trustee, the Aspen Institute
Event details subject to change. Please visit www.aspeninstitute.org for updates or call our events hotline at 970/544-7970.
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