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Gary Hart to discuss restoration of the republic, April 15

Former U.S. presidential candidate Gary Hart will speak on "Restoration of the Republic" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Hart served as a U.S. senator from Colorado for two terms beginning in 1974. He was a Democratic presidential candidate in 1984 and 1988, after which he returned to private practice in Denver with the law firm Coudert Brothers.

From 1998 to 2001, Hart co-chaired the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century, which issued three public reports forecasting the age of terrorism and outlined a new, post-Cold War national security policy. He also co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations' task force on homeland security, which recently released its report "America -- Still Unprepared, Still in Danger."

In 2001, Hart earned a Ph.D. from Oxford University. His thesis, "Thomas Jefferson's Ideal of the Republic in 21st-Century America," culminated a decade-long exploration of the idea of restoring the republican ideals of civic and citizen duty. When published in book form in 2002, "Restoration of the Republic" completed a trilogy of works that began with "The Patriot" in 1996 and continued with "The Minuteman" in 1998.

Throughout the trilogy, Hart stresses the theme of republican restoration concurrent with a new definition of security that includes not only traditional national and homeland security, but also security of livelihood, security of community and security of the natural environment.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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