Chestertown, MD, March 20, 2005 — Washington College's Spring 2005 Richard Harwood Lecture in American Journalism presents Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, on “The Polarized Press: Media and Politics in the Age of Bush,” Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Washington College's Tawes Theatre. The event is free and the public is invited to attend, but seating will be limited. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
As the person most credited with orchestrating President George Bush's 2000 and 2004 election victories, Rove is praised by many as a masterful political strategist and demonized by just as many for the very same reason. He has been a conservative mover-and-shaker since his days as executive director of the College Republican National Committee in the early 1970s. Rove cut his teeth working on Republican campaigns in Texas as well as for George H. W. Bush's vice presidential run in 1980 and for George W. Bush's 1993 gubernatorial campaign. Prior to his recent posts as a Presidential Advisor and appointment as White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Rove served as president of Karl Rove & Company, an Austin, Texas-based public affairs firm. In addition, he has served as a member of the Board of International Broadcasting, which oversees operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and served on the board of the McDonald Observatory. Rove has taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the Journalism Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Questions and answers will be moderated by John Harwood, The Wall Street Journal's National Political Editor since 1997 and son of the late Richard Harwood of The Washington Post for whom this lecture series is named. An astute political observer whose perspectives and analysis appear in the WSJ's column “Capital Journal,” Harwood also contributes regularly to PBS television's political roundtable, Washington Week, and appears frequently on CNN, Fox, NBC, and other television news outlets for expert political analysis.
Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism was established to honor the distinguished career of the late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood, who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at the College. Recent speakers in the series have included such political and media figures as Howard Dean, Robert Novak, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, and Paul Gigot.