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Dobbs, Ford, and Gingrich To Headline Lecture Series

Lou Dobbs Lou Dobbs
Newt Gingrich Newt Gingrich
Harold Ford, Jr. Harold Ford, Jr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Journalist Lou Dobbs, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. will deliver public lectures at Vanderbilt University next week.

They are speakers at the university's annual Impact Symposium held Monday through Wednesday. The lectures will be held at the Student Life Center, according to the university.

Dobbs, anchor and managing editor of CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," will speak at 7 p.m. Monday. Dobbs also anchors a syndicated radio program and writes as a columnist for Money magazine and U.S. News and World Report. He is also author of "War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back."

Speaker of the House from 1994-1998, Newt Gingrich will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Gingrich is recognized as the architect of the "Contract with America," which initiated reforms inside and outside of Congress. In 1994, Republicans captured the majority of the House for the first time in 40 years. The conservative icon is an analyst for Fox News Channel and chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm. He has published nine books including "Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future."

Former Tennessee Congressman and chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council Harold Ford, Jr. will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He recently signed onto as a political contributor at Fox News Channel. He lost a Senate race in November against former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker. Ford is also professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University and vice chairman of Merrill Lynch.

Non-Vanderbilt students and the general public may buy tickets at the Sarratt box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. The cost is $5 for non-Vanderbilt students with identification and $10 for the general public.

The lecture series started in 1964. In 1968, Robert Kennedy attracted 16,000 people from more than 100 college delegations nationwide. Past speakers have included former presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

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