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Advisory: Media invited to speech by David Gergen on challenges facing the new president

February 9, 2009

Members of the media are invited to Wake Forest University to hear David Gergen, political commentator and former presidential advisor, discuss the challenges facing President Barack Obama. 

Gergen will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in Wait Chapel.  Members of the media may park in Lot P beside the chapel.  A limited number of audio feeds will be available.  Broadcast journalists are encouraged to arrive early.

Gergen served as director of communications for President Reagan and as advisor to Presidents Nixon and Ford.  He crossed party lines to serve in the Clinton administration, first as counselor to the president on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international advisor to the president and the secretary of state.  Gergen is currently a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  He is also editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report and is a senior political analyst for CNN.  More information is available on his Web site,

“Fulfilling the Promise:  David Gergen on the New American President” is presented by the university’s Voices of Our Time speaker series and the Wake Forest department of political science.  Voices of Our Time is an annual guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers for discussions on the important national and international issues of our time. It was established in 2006 by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch.

To arrange coverage, contact Audrey Fannin, (336) 758-5237 or

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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