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Civic Affairs Expert Will Speak at Davidson About Election 2000


January 15, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Philip D. Duncan, executive director of the National Conference On Citizenship (NCOC) and former political editor of Congressional Quarterly, will give a talk at Davidson College on Monday, January 22. Duncan will discuss how the extraordinary events of Election 2000 will influence governance in Washington, as well as the public's attitude toward participating in politics. His free public talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the 900 Room of the College Union.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1957, Duncan was raised in a family tradition of civic involvement and public service. He attended Davidson College and graduated in 1979 as a political science major. He then worked for The Charlotte Observer and The Knoxville News-Sentinel before moving to Washington, D.C., to join the staff of Congressional Quarterly, a well-respected, non-partisan publisher of information on legislative action and national politics. Duncan was editor of the publisher's authoritative biennial reference book, "Politics in America," which analyzes the work of each member of the U.S. House and Senate.

After a twenty-year career as a journalist, he joined the NCOC in 1999 as the organization's executive director.

NCOC is a non-partisan, non-profit, public foundation chartered by Congress in 1953, "To encourage ever more effective participation in citizenship activities and to promote a spirit of cooperation on the part of all citizens."

Believing that an informed and active citizenry is the best guarantor that the broad public interest will be protected, NCOC conducts programs to help people develop the knowledge and skills to play a constructive role in the democratic system.

Among its activities are sponsorship of the annual September 17 "National Citizenship Day," and educational television programming through Instructional Television Fixed Service licenses in a number of markets. NCOC is also working to build web-based "community networks" that provide citizens with information about their government and provide a forum for discussion between citizens and government officials.

Duncan has discussed the workings of Congress on public affairs television programs aired by C-SPAN, CNBC, MTV, A&E, and NET, and on programs broadcast by National Public Radio, Bloomberg Business Radio, the BBC and a host of local radio stations across the United States.

For more information on his talk at Davidson, call 895-2651.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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