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RNC Chair Steele to hold dialogue with Glaude

Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, 4:30 p.m. McCosh 50

Michael Steele, chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will participate in a conversation with Eddie Glaude, chair of Princeton's Center for African American Studies, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in McCosh 50.

Steele was elected the first African American leader of the Republican Party in January 2009. The discussion will cover topics such as his vision for the nation, his understanding of race in the 21st century, the complex intersection of race and poverty, and the role of partisanship in Washington

"Whether one agrees with Michael Steele or not, his chairmanship of the RNC is historic, and his voice is shaping the course of our nation in these challenging times," Glaude said.

As RNC chair, Steele has focused on actively engaging Americans in their local communities and empowering state and local Republican organizations to do the same. A self-described "Lincoln Republican," he was elected lieutenant governor of Maryland in 2003, becoming the first African American elected to statewide office there.

The event is the latest in an ongoing effort by the Center for African American Studies to convene conversations with noted public figures across a wide range of issues. Recent speakers brought to campus by the center include actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, Bishop T.D. Jakes and environmental justice advocate Majora Carter.

Members of the news media who would like to attend the event should RSVP to Jennifer Loessy at the Center for African American Studies no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, by e-mailing jloessy@princeton.edu or calling (609) 258-3216. More information about the event is available in a news release.

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