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September 28, 2007
CONTACT: Amy Lunday

Howard Dean, Edward James Olmos to Speak
at Johns Hopkins

Dean on Thursday, Oct. 11; Olmos on Thursday, Nov. 8

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean and actor Edward James Olmos have been added to the roster of speakers at the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at The Johns Hopkins University.

Dean will give his talk on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Olmos will speak on Thursday, Nov. 8; the film "Walkout" will be screened before Olmos's lecture. Both lectures will take place in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the university's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., in Baltimore. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A reception in the Clipper Room follows the events.

Dean was elected to his post with the DNC in February 2005. After seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Dean founded Democracy for America in 2004. The group works to elect fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates to all levels of government. After serving in the Vermont House of Representatives, Dean was elected lieutenant governor in 1986 and was re-elected in 1988 and 1990. He became Vermont's governor upon the death of Gov. Richard A. Snelling in August 1991. Elected to a full term in November 1992, Dean was re-elected four times. Before entering politics, Dean received a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. Upon completing his residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, he went on to practice internal medicine in Shelburne, Vt. A bio of Dean is available online at www.democrats.org/a/party/chairman/aboutthechairman.html .

Actor, producer, director, and community activist Olmos participates in many humanitarian efforts. He is the U.S. goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and is a national spokesperson for organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He has worked with David Rockefeller of the Rockefeller Foundation and serves on the boards of many groups and organizations. He is also the executive director of the Lives in Hazard Educational Project, a national gang prevention program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. He played an instrumental role in the cleanup efforts after the Los Angeles riots, the 1993 Los Angeles earthquake, and Hurricane Andrew in Florida. A bio of Olmos is online at www.chavezfoundation.org/speaker-olmos.html

Established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president, the annual MSE Symposium is an undergraduate-run lecture series, free and open to the public, that brings to campus renowned speakers with a variety of perspectives on issues of national importance. Each lecture lasts approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a question-and- answer period and a reception where guests mingle with members of the audience. Other remaining events in the series:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10. Martin O'Malley, governor of Maryland.
  • Friday, Oct. 12. Actor Danny Glover.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17. Rory Kennedy.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23. Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Co- sponsored by Free Fall Baltimore.
  • Friday, Nov. 2. The Capitol Steps.

  • While admission to all the events is free, a seat near the stage at all events can be secured with the purchase of a $50 season pass. To purchase a season pass, send a check payable to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, along with a note including the donor's name and the name of person you are reserving seat for to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, Mattin Center, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

    For more information, the general public and the media may contact the MSE Symposium publicity chair Jonathan Collins at 201-602-0307. The media may also contact Amy Lunday in the Office of News and Information, 443-287-9960 or acl@jhu.edu. The MSE Symposium Web site is www.jhu.edu/mse .