What: On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Saint Mary’s College will host "Governor Jerry Brown: Leadership & Legacy," a symposium about the impact of one of the Golden State's most iconic political leaders. First elected as governor in 1974, again in 1978 and then returning to the state capitol again in 2010, Edmund G. Brown Jr., better known by the public as Jerry, has surpassed the tenure of Supreme Court Chief Justice and former Governor Earl Warren as the state's longest-serving governor. Brown has held California's highest office three times over a span of 38 years. Due to the current term limit statute in California, it is highly unlikely that anyone else will exceed this milestone.

A distinguished panel of California political experts will discuss Brown's life, impact and legacy as a policy maker, leader and political icon. The forum's panelists include Carla Marinucci, senior political reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Chuck McFadden, author of "Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown"; Robert Stutzman, former deputy chief of staff for communications to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs.

The panel also features Ronald Isetti, Saint Mary’s professor emeritus of history, and it will be moderated by Rev. Michael Russo, professor of political communication at Saint Mary's. A question-and-answer session follows the panel presentation, and audience members will be invited to participate in the discussion.

When:7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Where:Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga, Calif. 94556

Cost:Free and open to the public

Background:"Governor Jerry Brown: Leadership & Legacy" is part of the Communication Department Leadership Speakers Series program and is sponsored by the Disney Forum and the Saint Mary's Student Communication Club. The "Governor Jerry Brown: Leadership & Legacy" symposium is offered in the spirit of Saint Mary's commitment to the “great conversations,” in its hallmark academic program Collegiate Seminar, in which students read and discuss the ideas of the world's greatest thinkers. For more information about the symposium, contact Rev. Michael Russo at 925-631-4464 or mrusso@stmarys-ca.edu.

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About SMC: 
The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,100 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.
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