Community Coffee for Madeleine Kunin Planned for Feb. 27 in Williamstown

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Feb. 16, 2001–Williams College will host a community coffee with The Honorable Madeleine Kunin on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Faculty House (968 Main Street). Ambassador Kunin will discuss “An Insiders View of Women in Politics.”

When President Clinton appointed Ms. Kunin as Ambassador to Switzerland in (1996-1999), he chose a woman with a special relationship to the country. Born into a Jewish family in Zurich, she fled Switzerland as a child to escape the ominous threat of a Nazi invasion. In her post as Ambassador, Kunin was charged with facilitating the return of Swiss bank account funds to holocaust survivors.

Ms. Kunin came to this task with a proven and distinguished record of public service. The first female governor in the history of the state of Vermont, she served three terms before moving on to the national political scene. In 1994, she was appointed Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education where she was instrumental in enacting President Clinton’s educational reform program. She is Bicentennial Scholar in residence at Middlebury College.

She received her B.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. in journalism from Columbia University, and an M.S. in English literature from the University of Vermont. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees.

Ambassador Kunin is visiting Williams College as a Bernhard Fellow and a guest of the leadership studies program. While on campus, she will meet with the faculty and with a number of undergraduate classes.

For more information, call Lisa Carey Moore, coordinator, Program in Leadership Studies at (413) 597-2545.