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Mills Presents NPR Senior National Correspondent Linda Wertheimer in Conversation with Christine Pelosi

Linda Wertheimer
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Oakland, CA–February 12, 2013 Mills College kicks off its celebration of Women’s History Month with a live-audience interview between National Public Radio (NPR) Senior National Correspondent Linda Wertheimer and author, attorney, and political activist Christine Pelosi on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

At the core of Women’s History Month is the belief that recognizing the achievements of women has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and better opportunities for girls and young women. Consistent with that philosophy, for 160 years, Mills College has been committed to cultivating the next generation of thoughtful, powerful women by preparing leaders to produce positive change locally, regionally, and globally.

The evening will begin with an in-depth talk from Wertheimer about the current political climate, with special attention given to issues faced by the new Congress and newly reelected President Barack Obama.

A highly regarded media leader, Linda Wertheimer is known for her discerning analysis and thoughtful reporting on all NPR News programs. A graduate of a women’s college, Wertheimer received the Distinguished Alumna Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 1985.

Christine Pelosi

Christine Pelosi, another veteran observer of politics, will join Wertheimer on stage to discuss challenges unique to women candidates and the expanding role of social media and technology in modern campaigns.

Pelosi has dedicated her professional life to developing effective leaders around the world by training volunteers, political candidates, and members of NGOs. Her books, Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders (2007) and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 (2012) include Pelosi’s particular interest in developing women’s growth in political arenas.

“Mills has a long history of working to advance women in public service in order to address the need for greater gender balance in American political offices,” said Mills President Alecia DeCoudreaux. “The combination of Linda Wertheimer’s deep knowledge of the political process and Christine Pelosi’s firm understanding of how leaders are developed will make for a fascinating evening at Mills.”

An Evening with Linda Wertheimer and Christine Pelosi at Mills College
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613
The event is free and open to the public.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 2/12/13