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September 9, 2008
CONTACT: Amy Lunday

The 2008 MSE Symposium at Johns Hopkins University
MSNBC's Tucker Carlson to kick off
annual speaker series Sept. 9.

MSNBC senior campaign correspondent Tucker Carlson will lead off the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at The Johns Hopkins University. His talk 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 event. Visitor parking is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211.

Carlson is the first of six speakers in the line-up for this year's symposium, "A More Perfect Union: Partnership, Progress and Prosperity in a Changing America." Also scheduled are Kareem Abdul Jabbar, basketball hall-of-famer, author, actor and humanitarian, Tuesday, Oct. 28; former CIA agent Valerie Plame, Thursday, Oct. 30; actor/comedian David Alan Grier, Friday, Oct. 31 (part of Parents' Weekend festivities; a limited number of $25 tickets are available through Ticketmaster); actor/comedian Will Ferrell, Nov. 6 (open to Johns Hopkins affiliates and season pass holders only); and university President William R. Brody, Wednesday, Nov. 19. All lectures are at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium. 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.

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.

The symposium is managed entirely by undergraduates. This year's co-chairs are Omar Atassi, a senior majoring in biology from Houston; Zachary Epstein-Peterson, a junior majoring in classics from New York; Brian Kim, a senior majoring in biology from Palos Verdes, Calif.; and Lily Seidel, a junior majoring in economics from Washington, D.C. The chairs receive some funding from Student Council and raise the balance from university departments, corporations and foundations. They are also responsible for everything else, a daunting array of tasks that include booking auditoriums; arranging for hotels, dinners, and receptions for the guests; securing the sound system; and publicizing the series.

Carlson will lead off the series. Before being named MSNBC's senior campaign correspondent earlier this year, Carlson hosted The Situation with Tucker Carlson and Tucker. In 2005, he joined MSNBC from CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in that network's history, according to his bio at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8063611/. Carlson became well known during his tenure at CNN, where he hosted politics-themed shows including Crossfire. He has reported stories from around the world, and his writing has appeared in New York magazine, Reader's Digest, Esquire, The Weekly Standard and the New York Times Magazine.

The students are selling $60 season passes that will secure seating near the stage for all lectures except Grier's. To purchase a season pass, send a check payable to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, including the name and e- mail address of the pass holder to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, Mattin Center 210, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

For more information, the general public and the media may 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.