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Historian, political columnist to headline O'Bannon Institute

Goodwin, Robinson to speak at spring event on campus of Ivy Tech

December 10, 2008

Historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin and Eugene Robinson, political columnist for the Washington Post, will headline the sixth annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington.

Goodwin will headline the Institute’s fundraising reception and dinner on April 30, with proceeds benefiting the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement, according to Ivy Tech.

A conversation with Robinson will be the highlight of a full day’s activities on May 1.

This year’s institute theme is “A Historic Presidency: The First 100 Days.” Discussions will focus on the Obama administration’s progress and the challenges the president will face throughout his term.

Ivy Tech launched the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service six years ago. It is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues related to government, community service, nonprofit organizations, education, and political participation, according to Ivy Tech. Previous speakers have included Sen. George McGovern, Sen. Birch Bayh, Sen. Alan Simpson, Gov. Joe Kernan, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon, journalist Sam Donaldson and campaign strategist Paul Begala.

Goodwin has been reporting on politics for more than two decades, is a commentator for NBC and served as an assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson in his last year in the White House.

In his 25-year career at the Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, a foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, an assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award winning Style section, an associate editor and columnist. He is also a regular contributor to MSNBC.

More information about the O’Bannon Institute for Community Service can be found at, or by contacting Amanda Billings, director of marketing and communications, at 330-6222 or email

A detailed schedule of the two-day event will be published when it becomes available. The April 30 reception and dinner with Goodwin is a fundraiser for Ivy Tech’s Center for Civic Engagement. Tickets go on sale to the public in January. The May 1 panel discussions, lunch and the “O’Bannon Conversation” with Robinson are free and open to the public.

RSVP to Gretchen Bass at 330-6001 or at