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September 6, 2005

VIETNAM WAR FOE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GEORGE McGOVERN TO SPEAK WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 14, AT THE CITY COLLEGE

NEW YORK, September 6, 2005 – George S. McGovern, one of the first U.S. senators to oppose the war in Vietnam, will discuss his 1972 Presidential bid Wednesday, September 14, in the Great Hall, Shepard Hall, at The City College of New York (CCNY).  The program, entitled “One Bright Shining Moment: A Conversation with George McGovern,” runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.  Admission is free.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities & the Arts, CCNY Department of Political Science and CCNY Film Program, coincides with the theatrical release of an eponymous documentary about McGovern’s 1972 campaign.  The film’s director/writer/producer, Stephen Vittoria, and its narrator, Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now,” will speak in addition to McGovern.  Several scenes from the film will be previewed, as well. 

Sen. McGovern ran for President in 1972 on the Democratic ticket but lost to the incumbent, Richard M. Nixon.  He also sought the Presidency in 1968 and 1984 but did not win his party’s nomination those years.  When he ran in 1968 and 1972, the United States was engaged in a protracted military struggle in Vietnam that many observers say has parallels to the current war in Iraq.

McGovern was first elected to the U.S. Senate from his native South Dakota in 1962, was re-elected in 1968 and 1974 and served until 1981.  In addition, he served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1957 – 1961.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed McGovern director of the Food for Peace Program, which he led until he ran for the Senate.  He served in the Clinton administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Agencies in Rome, 1998 – 2001.  President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000, and he was appointed United Nations Global Ambassador on World Hunger in 2001.

Sen. McGovern is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University and holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.  From 1950 to 1953, he taught history and government at his alma mater.  In addition, he is decorated World War II bomber pilot.

The City College of New York is located at 138th Street at Convent Ave., New York, N.Y. 10031.  For additional information about the program, call 212-650-7367.

About The City College of New York

For over 156 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

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