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McGovern, Kennedy Townsend to speak this week at O'Bannon Institute at Ivy Tech

Two-day event focuses on community service

By Steve Hinnefeld 331-4374 |
April 25, 2007

George McGovern, the Democratic candidate for president in 1972, will headline this week’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.

Schedule of Events

The former South Dakota senator and longtime liberal icon will take part in the O’Bannon conversation Friday afternoon, closing the two-day event.

John Whikehart, chancellor of Ivy Tech-Bloomington, said it’s an appropriate choice for the annual event, designed to promote service and community engagement by the college and its students.

“This is someone who comes from a small, rural state and whose life has been about service,” he said.

In other events, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, will speak Thursday night at a fundraising dinner; and local officials and civic and business leaders will take part in discussions Friday.

Except for the Thursday dinner, the events are free and take place on the Ivy Tech campus at 200 Daniels Way, off West Ind. 48.

This is the fourth year for the institute, modeled on the Bowen Institute for Political Participation at Ball State University and named for Frank O’Bannon, Indiana’s governor from 1997 to 2003, who established the state community college system.

“We wanted to honor his legacy,” Whikehart said.

The institute is the public face of Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement, which also includes volunteer activities by students and the integration of service learning in college classes.

In addition to public events, it includes a day of service Thursday, with Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff participating in projects with 18 community agencies.

Judy O’Bannon, the former Indiana first lady, will speak at 9:20 a.m. Friday. Also Friday, there will be panel discussions on citizen engagement, community development and “economics vs. atmosphere.”

McGovern will speak at 2:30 p.m. Friday, answering questions from Herald-Times Editor Bob Zaltsberg and a live audience.

A pilot during World War II, McGovern flew 35 missions and received the Distinguished Service Flying Cross.

He became a college history professor and served two terms in the U.S. House and three in the Senate, where he was one of the first members of Congress to oppose the Vietnam War.

Soundly beaten in the 1972 presidential contest by Richard Nixon, he returned to the Senate and later was named by Presidents Carter and Ford as a United Nations delegate. His most recent book, written with William R. Polk, is “Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now.”

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was lieutenant governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She is the author of “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way.” She is the oldest child of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy.

Whikehart said about 200 people had made reservations for the fundraising dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Tudor Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

For more information, call 330-6001.