Newsweek Senior Editor, Television Commentator to Speak at DCC

March 17, 2011 – Jonathan Alter, renowned television commentator, award-winning columnist and senior editor of Newsweek, will give a lecture at DCC on March 30 at 7 p.m. The presentation will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Alter is the author of books including the highly acclaimed “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope” and “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.” Alter can be seen on NBC, and was a regular guest on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

Alter will discuss President Obama in the context of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s early presidency and the comparable challenges they faced, especially at the beginning of their presidencies. Both faced serious economic crises, and in President Obama’s case, major foreign policy issues. Alter will speak to President Roosevelt’s success at stabilizing the American economy during the worst of the Great Depression, and President Obama’s challenge to prevent a financial collapse of similar magnitude.

Alter was invited to campus by DCC Economics Professor Seemi Ahmad, recipient of the Handel Foundation Endowed Faculty Chair to Perpetuate the Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

For more information, call the DCC Foundation at (845) 431-8400 .

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