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McGovern to speak at Ivy Tech


Then-Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, left, and then-Sen. George S. McGovern, the presidential candidate, stand before the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in the final session in Miami Beach, Fla., in this July 13, 1972, file photo. Eagleton later resigned as McGovern's vice presidential nominee after it was revealed he had been hospitalized for depression. Eagleton died Sunday at age 77. Associated Press photo

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March 9, 2007

George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic candidate for president, will be the featured speaker next month at Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland and a daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, will speak at a fundraising dinner for the institute.

A conversation with McGovern, a South Dakota senator who lost the 1972 election to Richard Nixon, will highlight a full day of workshops and activities at the college on April 27.

Kennedy Townsend will speak at an April 26 dinner, with proceeds to benefit Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement.

“McGovern and Kennedy Townsend exemplify individuals who have made commitments to national, state and local service and have made a difference with their contributions well after their terms in elective office ended,” Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart said in a statement.

McGovern served four terms in the U.S. House, starting in 1954. He was elected to the Senate in 1962 and served through 1981. He ran again for president in 1984 but did not win the Democratic nomination.

Kennedy Townsend was lieutenant governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She serves as a consultant to corporations and a board member for nonprofit groups. She is the author of “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way.”

Tickets are $35 for the fundraising dinner and $50 for a dinner and private reception with Kennedy Townsend. For information, call Gretchen Bass at 330-6001 or see the Web at