The New School for Social Research presents John Brademas, president emeritus of New York University and former U.S. Congressman, who delivers the inaugural Paul H. Douglas lecture on the role of ethics in government, an especially timely topic, given the focus of both the new Spitzer administration in New York and the new Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress.
An Indiana Congressman from 1959-81 and president of NYU from 1981-1992, he founded the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU to broaden both academic and public understanding of our nation's most powerful policy-making institution.
New School President Bob Kerrey joins Brademus for debate and discussion. The event is presented with generous support from the Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation.
John Brademas, President Emeritus of New York University, was NYU President from 1981 to 1992. Before coming to New York, Dr. Brademas served as United States Representative in Congress from Indiana's Third District for 22 years (1959-81), the last four as House Majority Whip.
While in Congress he was a member of the Committee on Education and Labor where he played a leading role in writing most of the Federal legislation enacted during that time concerning schools, colleges and universities; services for the elderly and the handicapped; libraries and museums; the arts and humanities.
Dr. Brademas is serving, by appointment of President Clinton, as Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is also Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and a member of the Consultants' Panel to the Comptroller General of the United States.
A graduate of Harvard and of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and from which he received his Ph.D., Dr. Brademas has been awarded honorary degrees by 47 colleges and universities. He has also received the annual Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.