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Page, Kondracke to speak at Union Forum

Clarence Page (left) will visit Union March 8, while Morton Kondracke (right) will be on campus April 4.
Clarence Page (left) will visit Union March 8, while Morton Kondracke (right) will be on campus April 4.

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 19, 2005 – Two noted political commentators will visit Union University this spring to provide their insight into the 2004 presidential election.

Clarence Page and Morton Kondracke will be the speakers for the seventh annual Union Forum lecture series. Page will visit Union March 8, while Kondracke will be on campus April 4.

Each will address the subject, “Future Directed: A Look at America after the 2004 Presidential Election.”

Page is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and has been a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board for nearly 21 years. His column is syndicated nationally from Washington D.C., where he has been based since 1991.

As an investigative journalist, Page has reported on the changing politics of South Africa, vote fraud and a 1980 series called “The Black Tax.” In addition to the Pulitzers in 1972 and 1989, United Press International and the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame have also recognized his work.

A familiar commentator on national television, Page appears regularly on PBS programs such as “The McLaughlin Group” and “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” He was also a contributor on Black Entertainment Television’s weekly “Lead Story” news panel.

Kondracke is editor of Roll Call, an independent newspaper covering events on Capitol Hill. He is also co-host of the Fox News Channel’s “The Beltway Boys.” Former Union Forum speaker Fred Barnes is his partner for the program.

For 16 years, Kondracke was a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” a political program seen on 350 stations nationwide. His other broadcasting credits include frequent appearances on “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and “Voice of America.”

His recent book “Saving Millie” earned critical acclaim for telling the story of his late wife’s struggle with Parkinson ’s disease. Kondracke has become an expert on medical funding issues, and is frequently called upon to put the nation’s political developments in perspective.

The luncheons begin at 11:45 a.m. each day. Tickets are $20 each, or $100 for a table of six. A table for both luncheons is $175. Online registration is available at www.uu.edu/events/unionforum/2005.

Sponsors for the events are the First Tennessee Foundation, TLM Associates, West Tennessee Healthcare and The Jackson Sun.

For more information, contact Union’s Office of University Relations at (731) 661-5050.


Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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