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Browder Invited as Visiting Fellow at Harvard University

January 21, 2003 -- Harvard University has invited former Alabama Congressman Glen Browder to serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in March.

Dr. Browder, now Jacksonville State University Eminent Scholar (and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Naval Postgraduate School in California), will conduct discussion group sessions on “Southern Politics and the Future of American Democracy” at the university’s Institute of Politics. During the two-week period in mid-March, Browder will engage students in dialogue about Southern political history and contemporary challenges to American democracy.

Browder proposes, for example, that the South’s historically distinctive cultural identity and contrary political inclinations serve as a useful model for understanding and dealing with a variety of unsettling developments in current American society. In his new book (The Future of American Democracy: A Former Congressman’s Unconventional Analysis), Browder says that the central question for Twenty-First Century America is whether our nation, a people of growing cultural diversity with increasingly divergent ideals, values and governance principles, can continue to sustain its collective pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice through the traditional framework of government.

The Institute of Politics was established in 1966 with an endowment from the John F. Kennedy Library Corporation to inspire undergraduate students to enter careers in politics and public service, and to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic community and the political world.

Other Visiting Fellows just announced by the Institute are former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift; former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo; former U.S. Rep. Constance Morella of Maryland; Jeff Blodgett, former campaign manager for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota; former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk; former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial; former Athens, Greece, Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos; and former Israeli diplomat Zvi Rafiah.

Also named as Resident Fellows for the Spring Semester are Melanie Campbell, head of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Martin Mackin, leader of Ireland's largest political party; Katharine Seelye, a New York Times journalist; former Governor Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire; and Jim Ziglar, a former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

"As the nation turns its attention to the 2004 elections, these luminaries will help put many of the vital issues facing our country into perspective," said Dan Glickman, director of the Institute of Politics and a former U.S. cabinet secretary and member of Congress. "We are honored that the Fellows have agreed to take time from their busy lives to train and interact with the next generation of leaders."


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