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Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy to highlight celebration of Adlai Stevenson, Nov. 9

Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy will join a panel of historians, biographers, and political scientists Thursday, Nov. 9 to answer the question, "Whatever Happened to Adlai Stevenson?" The discussion - the final event in Princeton University's year-long celebration of the centennial of Stevenson's birth -- will take place at 4 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall.

Fred I. Greenstein, professor of political science and director of the Research Program in Leadership Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will lead the panelists in a discussion of Stevenson and changes in the Democratic Party since the Stevenson era.

Other participants will be Jean Baker, professor of history at Goucher College and author of The Stevensons of Illinois: A Biography of an American Family; Alan Brinkley, professor of history at Columbia University and author of Liberalism and Its Discontents; and Jonathan A. Cowden, assistant professor of government at Cornell University and author of numerous articles on Stevenson.

Sen. McCarthy (D-Minnesota) conducted his "Clean Gene" campaign to end the Vietnam War in 1968, which led President Lyndon B. Johnson to withdraw from the race that year. In 1960, McCarthy nominated Adlai Stevenson - a member of Princeton's class of 1922 -- for president at the Democratic national convention in Los Angeles. The convention, however, selected John F. Kennedy as the party's nominee.

The Stevenson panel is sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library and the Research Program in Leadership Studies.

A related exhibition entitled "A Voice of Conscience: The Legacy of Adlai Stevenson" continues at Princeton's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, 65 Olden Street in Princeton, through February 10. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and until 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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