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For immediate release: Nov. 28, 2001

Contact: Marilyn Marks, (609) 258-3601

Media advisory:

Lynne Cheney to speak on civic education

Who: Dr. Lynne V. Cheney; senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney

What: Lecture on "Teaching for Freedom." (Note: This is a ticketed event and is open only to Princeton University ID holders, invited guests and accredited media representatives. See media information below.)

When: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: 50 McCosh Hall (Helm Auditorium) on the Princeton University campus

On her visit to Princeton Thursday, Lynne Cheney, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will deliver a major address about the role of civic education in sustaining political freedom.

A powerful voice for conservative intellectuals, Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the Washington think tank, where she focuses on education standards and policy. Before joining the AEI, she led the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993 and became a national spokesperson for education reform, issuing numerous reports advocating historical literacy and other recommendations.

Cheney served as a member of then-Governor George W. Bush's education team in Texas, and was part of an advisory group that revised Texas standards for the study of history. In the mid-1990s, she led the Committee to Review National Standards, a group that assessed national educational standards. Cheney has spoken widely on the need for high standards for all students and for tests to show whether such standards are being achieved.

She also is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and many newspapers columns. Her 1995 book, "Telling the Truth," concerns the impact of cultural trends on society. "Kings of the Hill," which she co-wrote with her husband, profiles nine powerful leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives. Cheney is now completing an alphabet book for elementary school children which is intended to celebrate the "ideas and ideals" that define the United States. In the past, she has served as an editor of Washingtonian magazine and as co-host of CNN's "Crossfire Sunday." 

Cheney has a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where she specialized in 19th-century British literature. She earned her bachelor's degree with highest honors from Colorado College and her master's degree from the University of Colorado.

Her visit is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Note: Press will be admitted to this event through entryway 7 of McCosh Hall. Credentials will be issued at the door only to press with appropriate identification from accredited news organizations. Cameras may be pre-set by 2 p.m. Doors will open to the public at 3:45 p.m.

Contact Jill Collins at (703) 626-5797 if you have questions relating specifically to Dr. Cheney.