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Cohen Arts and Lectures brings CNN Crossfire Duo to Moravian – Oct 26

Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala to square-off in timely political debate

Bethlehem, Pa.—Moravian will celebrate 21 years of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series with a timely debate featuring CNN Crossfire's Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 8:00 p.m. The program will be held in Johnston Hall at Moravian College, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. General admission is $10 and proceeds benefit the Moravian College Scholarship Fund.

Tucker Carlson is co-host of CNN's political debate program Crossfire, as well as the host and managing editor of Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered, which is broadcast Friday nights on PBS. Carlson has interviewed just about every significant newsmaker in Washington, including president George W. Bush and senator John Kerry, and has reported from around the world, most recently Iraq. A longtime newspaper and magazine writer, he is a regular contributor to Esquire. His writings have also appeared in the The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Reader's Digest, Forbes and GQ. He was a finalist for the 2004 National Magazine award for an Esquire article chronicling his trip to Africa with the Rev. Al Sharpton. His latest book is entitled, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News.

As the co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, Paul Begala debates politics, the media and culture with the sharpest minds of our time. As counselor to President Clinton, Paul helped define and defend the Administration’s agenda, from the State of the Union Address to the economic, domestic and international issues the White House faces each day. He was also one of the Administration’s principal public spokesmen.

Begala first gained national prominence with partner Carville in the political consulting firm of Carville & Begala. As such he was a senior strategist for the Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign in 1992. He and Carville also helped direct the political strategy of numerous other campaigns across the country and around the world, including Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Dominican President Hipolito Mejia and Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis.

Begala helped John F. Kennedy, Jr. launch the political magazine George and wrote the Capitol Hillbilly column. He has also written for Esquire magazine and The Washington Monthly, and is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Is Our Children Learning? The Case Against George W. Bush. His book, Buck Up, Suck Up, and Come Back When You Foul Up, was written with James Carville and is also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, It's Still the Economy Stupid: George W. Bush, The GOP's CEO, published by Simon and Schuster.

Begala is a research professor of government and public policy at Georgetown University, where he teaches undergraduates in the Department of Government and graduate students in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Carlson and Begala’s appearance marks the 21st anniversary of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College, which has brought a diverse group of speakers and performers to campus, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Tom Friedman; television journalist David Brinkley; folk singer Burl Ives; scientist Carl Sagan; feminist writer and lecturer Gloria Steinem; political analysts Andrea Mitchell, David Gergen, and Tom Wicker; former president Jimmy Carter; pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philomusica chamber ensemble; author Kurt Vonnegut; a political panel comprising commentator Cokie Roberts, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, political consultant James Carville, and former governor and presidential chief of staff John Sununu; former ambassador Andrew Young; and environmental activist Joseph P. Kennedy II, and best-selling author Anna Quindlen.

The Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College was established in 1984 through the generosity of Bertha F. (Berte) Cohen ’37 and the late Bernard L. Cohen. The series represents a personal expression of appreciation for their longtime association with the College and the Bethlehem community. Bertha Cohen is a 1937 Moravian graduate and a former member of the college’s board of trustees. Bernard Cohen was a member of the Lehigh University class of 1936.

“Moravian College extends our most heartfelt gratitude to Berte Cohen who has so generously supported this series,” said Ervin J. Rokke, Moravian College president. “As a dedicated alumna, an effective and committed trustee, and a most generous benefactress Berte with her late husband Bernie has enriched our lives at Moravian for more than half a century by making it possible for us to welcome distinguished and inspiring figures to our campus.”

The proceeds of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series support the Cohen Arts and Lectures Scholarships which are awarded to high-achieving full-time Moravian College seniors. Over 50 Moravian students have benefited from the scholarships.

Recipients have demonstrated superior academic achievement and active participation in college or community activities. Nominations for the scholarships come from the director of financial aid, and selection is made by the vice president for enrollment, the vice president for institutional advancement, and the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Tickets for the lecture are $10 and will be sold at the HUB desk in the Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Monocacy and West Locust streets. Tickets may be purchased by phone beginning on Monday, October 4 during normal business hours at 610-625-7880. Admission is free for Moravian students, faculty, and staff, Moravian emeriti, honoraries, retirees, and LVIAC students, faculty, and staff. They may pick-up a free ticket at the HUB desk. For information, call 610-861-1491.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu