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01/22/92

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Pennsylvania senator to offer keynote address at conference

STANFORD -- Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, who upset former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh in the hotly contested 1991 Pennsylvania senatorial campaign, will be the keynote speaker at Stanford University's 1992 You Can Make a Difference Conference on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The ninth annual conference, "Redefining National Security: National Priorities, Community Action," will explore ways in which the concept of national security might be reappraised to meet the changing nature of threats to the United States.

"With the end of the Cold War, the United States has an opportunity to explain the extent to which national security may depend not only on military strength but also on economic growth, environmental soundness and our ability to tackle critical domestic problems, such as education and health care," said student organizer Laurence Chang.

The public conference will be held in Kresge Auditorium, beginning with registration at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome and roundtable discussions.

Speakers at the morning roundtables will include Michael Closson, director of the Center for Economic Conversion; LaDoris Cordell, superior court judge in Santa Clara County; California State University- Los Angeles Prof. Cynthia Hamilton; and Stanford Associate Prof. Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's special assistant for Soviet affairs from 1989 to 1991.

Wofford, an assistant to President John F. Kennedy, adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., and a founder of the Peace Corps, will speak at 1:45 p.m.

His talk will be followed at 2:15 p.m. with a panel discussion chaired by KGO anchorwoman Anna Chavez.

Panelists will include Stanford radiologist Dr. Herbert Abrams, co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; Carl Anthony, president of the Earth Island Institute; Claudia Horwitz, executive director of Empty the Shelters; and Joseph McNamara, Hoover Institution fellow and former chief of police, San Jose, Calif.

The conference also will include small-group workshops on how to affect social change through lobbying, grass-roots organizing, the media and elected office as well as a midday Opportunities Fair with representatives of local and national public service organizations.

Jim Hightower, chairman of the Financial Democracy Campaign, will offer closing remarks at 5 p.m.

The You Can Make a Difference Conference draws between 1,000 and 2,000 participants each year. It is organized by student volunteers under the auspices of Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service, the campus focal point for local, national and international public service opportunities.

Advance registration is recommended; phone 723-3803. The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $10; students and seniors $5. Stanford students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

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