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Lynne Cheney to speak on civic education, Nov. 29

Lynne V. Cheney, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney, will lecture on "Teaching for Freedom" Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in 50 McCosh Hall. This event will be Webcast on this site.

Her talk will address 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 a member 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 educational benchmarks. Cheney has spoken widely on the need for high standards for all students and for tests to show whether such standards are being achieved.

Her address is a ticketed event open only to Princeton University students, faculty and staff and invited guests. Members of the University community may pick up tickets Wednesday and Thursday in the front foyer of Corwin Hall. No cameras, cell phones or large bags will be permitted in the auditorium, and purses will be searched.

This event is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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