Minneapolis—January 6, 2009—Donna Brazile—nationally acclaimed political strategist and commentator, and chair of the Voting Rights Institute—will deliver an address entitled “The Political Environment and Mood of the Country” at Walden University’s winter academic residency, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Her plenary address will touch on her breadth of political experience, which includes running the Gore/Lieberman campaign in 2000 and serving as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. Brazile will also offer an overview of the political environment and discuss trends shaping and driving the mood of the country.

Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign since 1984, making history in 2000 as the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. After the Gore-Lieberman campaign, she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, an organization established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process.

Walden is offering 200 free tickets to the event on a first-come, first-served basis (two per person). While supplies last, tickets will be available at Borders bookstore (10720 Preston Road in Dallas; 1-214-363-1977) starting Jan. 2.

Walden’s academic residencies provide face-to-face sessions to give Walden doctoral students the opportunity to interact and develop critical-thinking, writing, and research skills. The sessions are attended by a diverse community of career professionals and faculty and serve to establish meaningful networks that promote quality graduate research. Academic residencies are held throughout the year across the United States and internationally. More than 1,200 doctoral students will participate in the Dallas residency.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, and instructional design and technology. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org; 1-312-263-0456.

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