April 5, 2007

HARRISONBURG—The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, will speak at James Madison University on Monday, April 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Festival Conference and Student Center. The event is free and open to the public and qualifies as a Wellness Passport event for JMU students.

Dr. Gingrich’s presentation, a part of the Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will be co-sponsored by the JMU Student Government Association.

Dr. Gingrich received his bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University and his master’s and doctorate in European history from Tulane University. He taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years before being elected to Congress in 1978. He served as Speaker of the House from 1995 until 1999. After leaving the House in 1999, he served on the U.S. Commission on National Security/21 st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission), which examined national security challenges as far out as 2025. In the Commission’s report, which was published six months before 9/11, Dr. Gingrich proposed the idea of a cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.