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Bush’s Senior Advisor to Speak at U of U’s Rocco C. Siciliano Forum

October 28, 2002 — Karl Rove, senior advisor and assistant to President George W. Bush, will deliver the sixth annual Rocco C. Siciliano Forum lecture at 12 noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002, in the University of Utah’s Olpin Union Ballroom. The general theme of the Siciliano lectures is Considerations on the Status of the American Society.

Rove oversees the strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison and intergovernmental affairs efforts of the White House. He previously served as chief strategist for the Bush for President Campaign and for 18 years before that, was president of Karl Rove & Company, an Austin, Texas-based public affairs firm that worked with Republican candidates, non-partisan causes and non-profit groups. His clients have included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

The Colorado native attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University. He taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the Journalism Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and was also a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar. Rove was a member of the Board of International Broadcasting, which oversaw operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and served on the board of the McDonald Observatory before entering government.

The Siciliano Forum lecture, along with a roundtable discussion which follows, is organized by the University of Utah’s College of Social and Behavioral Science with the support of Rocco C. Siciliano, a Salt Lake City native, U of U graduate, public servant and business man. For the past five years, the forum has brought nationally recognized commentators, public officials, educators and others to address some of the most pressing, least tractable issues facing America.

The topic addressed by the annual forum lecturer is woven integrally into the academic and research curricula of a number of courses of study within fields such as political science, business, economics, ethics, anthropology, education, psychology, environmental studies, sociology, geography, family and consumer studies, sciences, arts and others. In this way, students have the opportunity to gain the most from the lecturer’s perspectives.

The lecture and roundtable discussion are free and open to the public. For further information, contact the College of Social & Behavioral Science, University of Utah at 581-7579.