ROBERT WEINER, CLINTON WHITE HOUSE PUBLIC AFFAIRS SENIOR STAFF AND CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE DIRECTOR, NOW WASHINGTON ISSUES STRATEGIST, TO ASSESS IRAQ, KATRINA, SOCIAL SECURITY, GAS PRICES, SUPREME COURT;
CLINTON WHITE HOUSE AIDE TO CRITIQUE “MEDIA HANDLING OF HIGH PROFILE NATIONAL ISSUES” AT UMASS 4:30 PM NOV. 16 AT DEAN’S SEMINAR LECTURE SERIES, OPEN TO PUBLIC, PRESS: UMASS AMHERST CAMPUS CENTER, ROOM 904-908,
WEINER, “WATERGATE TO WHITEWATER” FIGURE, ALSO TO SPEAK AT CLASSES ON “CAREERS IN WASHINGTON” AND “CONTROVERSIES IN PUBLIC POLICIES”
History Alum M.A.’74 Returns to Campus; Visit Sponsored by College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean’s Seminar Series: Alumni in the World
(Amherst, MA and Washington, DC)—Robert Weiner, Clinton White House public affairs senior staff , also former communications director for the House Government Operations Committee and the House Narcotics Committee and Chief of Staff of the House Aging Committee, will use his wide government experience to critique “Media Handling of High Profile National Issues” in the UMass Dean’s Lecture on Wednesday, November 16. The event, sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be at 4:30 PM at UMass Campus Center Room 904-908.
Weiner, now president of a Washington, DC public affairs “think tank”, has directed the press room for the last five Democratic National Conventions, including 2004 in Boston. Since he left the White House in August 2001, he has authored over 30 oped columns in major papers and is a regular weekly commentator for Radio America. He has appeared on Bill Maher, Crossfire, the Today Show, Good Morning America, network evening news programs, and is often quoted in papers across the country. Weiner’s background goes from Watergate, where he headed up the Democratic National Committee’s youth voter registration in 1971-72 during the Watergate break-in period, to Whitewater, where he was forced to testify before the Ken Starr Grand Jury for his wife’s and his personal home phone calls; afterward Weiner asserted that Starr’s harassment was “Big Brother at its Worst”. The New York Times credited Weiner for being the first Starr Grand Jury witness to openly criticize the prosecutor’s overreaching.
Weiner, who received his MA from UMass Amherst in History in 1974, will also address two classes November 16-17:
* “CAREERS IN WASHINGTON”, 2:30-3:20 PM, WED. NOV. 16, Herter Hall Room 211, 161 President’s Drive. Hosted by Gerald McFarland, Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies, at course, “Career Development for Historians”.
* “CONTROVERSIES IN PUBLIC POLICIES”-- THURS. NOV. 17, 1:00-2:15 PM, Fernald Hall Room 11 (indoor amphitheater), off North Pleasant at Infirmary Way and Clark Hill Road: hosted by Professor John Hird, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration. Weiner will focus on three areas -- Iraq, Social Security, and national drug policy – where he has written recent opeds published in major newspapers.