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Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson

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Ruth Jacobs, 207-859-4353,

Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson to Deliver 2013 Mitchell Lecture at Colby College

Three-term U.S. Senator from Wyoming Alan K. Simpson, who co-chaired President Obama’s commission that led to a debt-reduction plan, will deliver the 2013 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture at Colby College.

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell will attend the event, which will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building. Sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the lecture is free and open to the public, and seating is limited.

A republican senator from 1979 to 1997, Simpson served as chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Immigration and Refugee Subcommittee of Judiciary, the Nuclear Regulation Subcommittee, the Social Security subcommittee, and the Special Committee on Aging.

In 2010, Simpson was appointed to co-chair President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Erskine Bowles, which led to the creation of what is commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles Plan. Through this effort, Simpson and Bowles were able to garner a bipartisan majority of 11 out of 18 commission members to support a final debt-reduction plan.

“Senators Simpson and Mitchell are arguably two of the most influential senators to serve in the last 50 years,” said Director of the Goldfarb Center Daniel Shea. “We are thrilled to offer our students and the greater community the opportunity to meet these remarkable leaders and learn from their experiences.”

The George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series is an annual event that brings a prominent foreign policy leader to campus to foster interaction with students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S. Senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George J. Mitchell.

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby brings faculty and students together with local, state, national, and international leaders to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the complex challenges facing today’s world.

For more information, or if you are a member of the media planning to attend, please contact Assistant Director of the Goldfarb Center Amanda Kitchen at or 207-859-5319.