Listen up, Bay Area! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet White House Reporter Helen Thomas and Congresswoman and Mills College alumna Barbara Lee, appearing at Mills College in Oakland, October 12, 7-9. These two stylish ladies of politics will read from their new books and join in a conversation with Mills College President Janet Holmgren.
For over 50 years Ms. Thomas has been sitting in the front row at White House Press Conferences politely but firmly asking pertinent questions of presidents from Kennedy to Obama. She’s always well dressed in a simple suit with pearls and she’s always a lady, closing her list of questions with, “Thank you, Mr. President.” In her latest book, co-written with Washington journalist Craig Crawford, Listen Up Mr. President: Everything You Wanted Your President to Know and Do (Scribner, 2009) Ms. Thomas draws on her years of experience as a political journalist and offers valuable lessons to future presidents and you, the voters!
Congresswoman Barbara Lee has been representing California’s 9th district since 1998. She received much local praise when in 2001 she was the lone "No" vote for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists and again in 2005 when she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In her memoir, Renegade for Peace and Justice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), Ms. Lee shares her childhood stories and the challenges she faced on the path from single motherhood to Congresswoman.
Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion.
Helen Thomas and Barbara Lee appearing October 12, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. Free to the public.