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“Congress to Campus” comes to RIC Oct. 25-28; political analyst Jennifer Duffy to deliver keynote.



Former Congress members Barry Goldwater Jr. and Beverly Byron will visit the college to encourage students to enter public service and take on leadership roles. Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of the Cook Political Report, will give the keynote address. A local media panel will discuss politics in real time.


Two former members of Congress from opposing parties will be at Rhode Island College to discuss something that they agree on – that more students should consider careers in public service.

Barry Goldwater Jr. (R-CA, 1969-1984) and Beverly Byron (D-MD, 1978-1992) will visit RIC October 25-27 to participate in a series of forums and make an appeal for public service and bipartisan cooperation (agenda attached).

Jennifer Duffy (Liz Lynch/National Journal)
Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for The Cook Political Report, will participate in a panel on Congress, Bipartisanship and Governing, with the visiting former congress people, on Monday, Oct. 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Alger Hall 110. Immediately following the forum, Duffy will offer analysis and commentary in the keynote address.

Duffy, a native Rhode Islander, covers the U.S. Senate and Governors races for the Cook Report. She has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

Both Byron and Goldwater bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the legislative process.

Byron served as a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where she was elected sub-committee chair having oversight of 42 percent of the Defense Department's budget. She was a member of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, and the Select Committee for Aging, chaired the House Special Panel on Arms Control and Disarmament.


Former Congresswoman Beverly Byron
Byron was elected chair of the Military Personnel and Compensation subcommittee, becoming the first woman chosen for a prominent leadership role on the Armed Services Committee. She presided over policy issues that, with the dismantling of the Warsaw Pact and the stunning changes in the Soviet Union, reshaped the American military. She was also appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Leadership Task Force on AIDS and the Task Force on Health.

Goldwater's legislative experience includes membership on the Committee on Science and Technology, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, and the Joint Committee on Energy. Additional areas of expertise include the space program, aviation and defense, and government procurement. He served on the committee that reviewed the Challenger space shuttle disaster.


Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.
Goldwater authored the Privacy Act of 1974 that was signed into law and he served on the privacy commission that investigated issues affecting the private and corporate sectors. This issue remains a matter of his concern as we move into a global electronic network and information systems.

While the former congress people are in town, RIC will hold the forum, “All in the Family: Our Greatest Political Legacies,” on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Alger Hall 110. The visiting former congress people, both of whom are members of political families, will join other elected officials from Rhode Island’s political families, to discuss the connection between civic service and family ties.

Goldwater and his father represent one of the few instances in U.S. history when both father and son served in Congress simultaneously. Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio will moderate the panel, which will include former Sen. Lincoln Chaffee, former Lt. Gov. Richard Licht, and State Treasurer Frank T. Caprio.

Modeled after the HBO series starring political humorist Bill Maher - where no topic or comment is off limits - “Real Time at RIC” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 3-5 p.m., will give people who report the news the chance to candidly discuss the hot-off-the-press headlines and the current pulse of politics. Veteran investigative reporter Jim Hummel of The Hummel Report, will host. Joining him will be NBC-10 political reporter Bill Rappleye, Scott MacKay of WRNI Radio, Jim Baron of the Woonsocket Call.

Congress to Campus was founded in 1976 by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress to introduce students to individuals with firsthand knowledge of our representative democracy and a life dedicated to public service.

For more information, contact Jane Fusco, director of RIC’s News and Public Relations, (401) 456-8468; jfusco@ric.edu.