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Elizabeth Drew to speak at Stanford

Elizabeth Drew, who has covered government and politics in Washington for nearly 40 years, will speak at Stanford on Thursday, May 15.

Drew's talk will be the ninth annual John S. Knight Distinguished Lecture, sponsored the Knight Fellowships for professional journalists. The talk, "The Real Struggle for Political Power in America," will begin at 8 p.m. in Cubberley Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Drew writes for newspapers and magazines, and is the author of 10 books. Her most recent, Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in America, will be published this spring. She is also the author of Showdown: The Struggle Between the Gingrich Congress and the Clinton White House, published in April 1996, and On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency, published in 1994.

The Knight Lecture series, begun in 1988 with a grant from the Knight Foundation, has previously featured Washington Post political writer David Broder, author Taylor Branch, CNN correspondent Peter Arnett, Des Moines Register editor Geneva Overholser, Rolling Stone national editor and author William Greider, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, National Public Radio correspondent Sylvia Poggioli and Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman.

The Knight Fellowships program brings 12 journalists from the United States and seven international journalists to Stanford each year for sabbatical study. The director of the program is James Risser, professor of communication. Deputy director is James Bettinger.


By James Bettinger