Heard on Campus
David Broder, nationally syndicated Washington Post political columnist, delivered a talk titled “Political Horizons: Bush and Beyond” on February 17. Broder is a regular commentator on CNN’s Inside Politics and makes regular appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press and PBS’s Washington Week in Review. His lecture was part of the Civility in Politics lecture series presented by Lewis & Clark’s political science department.
Nikki Giovanni, author of more than two dozen books, including poetry, children’s books, and essays, visited campus on February 20. For more than three decades, she has been writing from her heart about civil rights and equality. The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection compact disc was a finalist for the 2003 Grammy Award in the category of the spoken word.
Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was the inspiration for the Academy Award–nominated film Hotel Rwanda, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd on March 2. When he saw genocide sweep his home country of Rwanda in 1994, he converted his luxury hotel into a refugee camp for more than 1,200 Tutsis and Hutus.
Renée Firestone, 81-year-old Auschwitz survivor whose story was featured in the Academy Award–winning documentary The Last Days, visited campus on April 14. Firestone is a presenter in the Tools for Tolerance program, which educates teachers and law enforcement officials on issues relating to cultural diversity and sensitivity. Following her campus lecture, she took part in a Holocaust Remembrance Day candle-lighting ceremony in Frank Manor House.