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Inside Iowa State
Sept. 26, 1997

Political scholar to visit campus

by Steve Sullivan

Ruth Mandel, holder of the Mary Louise Smith Endowed Chair in Women and Politics, will be on campus Oct. 6-7.

A nationally known political scholar, Mandel is director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics and professor of politics at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Mandel will visit political science and sociology classes, deliver a public lecture on women in politics and participate in Women's Week activities (see calendar).

Her public lecture, "Incrementalism vs. the Ketchup Bottle: Women's Progress in Politics," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The lecture is free.

Mandel also will speak at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, as part of Women's Week's "Women and Leadership Symposium." The symposium runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room.

Mandel writes and lectures about women and leadership, women politicians and the "gender gap" in politics. She is the author of In the Running: The New Woman Candidate. She also teaches courses on women and American politics and political leadership.

In 1993, Mandel was named vice chairperson of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council by President Bill Clinton.

The Mary Louise Smith Endowed Chair in Women and Politics was created in 1995 to honor Mary Louise Smith, the only woman to chair the National Committee of the Republican Party. She died in August. Fund raising continues to endow the $1 million chair, which is designed to bring outstanding political scholars and leaders to campus.

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