PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Olympia Snowe, former Republican senator from Maine, will deliver the Noah Kreiger ’93 Memorial Lecture on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 4 p.m. in MacMillan Hall, Starr Auditorium. Sponsored by the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Snowe will discuss “Bridging the Divide: What hyper-partisanship means for 2014...And how we can fix Washington,” including the issues and uncertainty families and businesses in America are faced with as a result of Washington’s inability to work together to solve major problems.
Snowe served in the U.S. Congress for 34 years. A three-term senator from Maine, she was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1973, at the age of 26, and to the Maine Senate in 1976. She represented Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995 before being elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 2012, Snowe founded Olympia’s List, which recognizes and supports elected officials and candidates who demonstrate their commitment to solving the nation’s problems.
Snowe is the author of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress, which recounts her lengthy political career and proposes solutions for bridging the partisan divide in Washington, most notably through a citizens’ movement to hold elected officials accountable.
The Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture
Noah Krieger was an outstanding Brown student who earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa on his way to a magna cum laude degree in 1993. His academic interests were focused on positive social change and included economics, political science, and public policy. When Krieger died shortly after graduating from Brown, the Krieger family decided to honor his life and celebrate his memory by establishing an annual lecture by a prominent individual who has made distinguished contributions to public service.
Past Krieger lecturers have included Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J.; George Pataki, former New York governor; U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee; U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former Democratic presidential contender; and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.