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Former congressmen to share political experiences with Vanderbilt students

Mar. 3, 2005, 4:05 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bipartisan program called Congress to Campus will
bring two former national lawmakers to Vanderbilt March 17-18 to meet
with students and faculty.

James Broyhill, who served as a Republican U.S. senator and
representative from North Carolina, and Butler Derrick, a former
Democratic congressman from South Carolina, will discuss their
political careers during meetings with classes, student political
groups and selected students interested in public service.

There will be a rare joint meeting of the Vanderbilt College Democrats
and College Republicans with Derrick and Broyhill on March 17 from noon
to 1:15 p.m. in Sarratt 189. At 2:35 p.m., the former lawmakers will
teach the “Legislative Process” class with Professor of Political
Science Bruce Oppenheimer in Furman 132.

On March 18, the former congressmen will speak to “The New South” class
taught by Associate Professor of History David Carlton in Furman 209 at
9:10 a.m. They will also visit Associate Professor of Political Science
Marc Hetherington‘s “Intro to American Government” class at 11:10 a.m.
in Wilson 126. From 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. they‘ll enjoy a box lunch
discussion with Peabody faculty and doctoral students in Payne 205.

The Congress to Campus program, established in 1976 by the U.S.
Association of Former Members of Congress, strives to help young people
understand better the importance of careers in public service. Other
program partners are the Stennis Center for Public Service and the
Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in
Government. Bipartisan pairs of former members of Congress — one
Democrat and one Republican — visit college campuses around the nation.

For a complete schedule of events or more information, call Andrea Hatcher in the Department of Political Science at 343-0867.

Media contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS