7 things I learned at Senator Olympia Snowe’s lecture

1528600_731761943500896_923142022_nThis Monday, the Taubman Center for Public Policy held its annual Noah Krieger ’93 Lecture, in which former Senator Olympia Snowe spoke on “Bridging the Divide.” Senator Olympia Snowe is best known for her work as a moderate Republican from Maine who served on, first, the U.S. House of Representatives and, later, the U.S. Senate. Her tenure was characterized by bipartisan aisle crossing, as famously seen during the trials regarding President Clinton’s impeachment.

Though she could’ve easily won reelection in 2012, Snowe retired from office due to her frustration with the lack of cooperation and bipartisanship in the Senate and Washington as a whole. She felt then, as she does now, that in order to change the climate of Congress, the fight for partisanship must be taken to the outside world. “Politics is too important to be left to politicians.”

Her lecture focused on this premise, elaborating on her current views of the state of Congress and its hyper-partisanship, citing reasons for its prominence, and offering solutions. So, without further ado, here are seven things I learned at Senator Snowe’s lecture:

#1 Olympia is one of a kind. At age 31, she became the youngest female Republican to ever be elected to the House of Representatives. She also is the only woman to ever be elected to both houses of her state’s legislature and U.S. Congress. In 2006, she was named one of America’s “10 Best Senators” by Time Magazine, the only female to be named such. Pretty badass.  Continue Reading


What to do this week: February 10 -14

what to do this week

Monday, February 10:

Event: Senator Olympia Snowe
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: MacMillian Hall 117

For this year’s Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture, the Taubman Center for Public Policy presents a talk by former Senator Olympia Snowe. She will be delivering a lectured titled “‘Bridging the Divide’ What hyper-partisanship means for 2014… And how we can fix Washington.” The event is free and open to the public!

Event: Free advanced screening of “Endless Love”
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center

Brown University Motion Pictures, Ivy Film Festival, and NBCUniversal are bringing you a free, early screening of “Endless Love.” The movie stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, and will no doubt put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Continue Reading


Former Senator Olympia Snowe to speak at Brown

Olympia Snowe

The Taubman Center has done it again, but this time perhaps with a little less controversy: the center is bringing Olympia Snowe, former U.S. Senator from Maine, to speak on campus on February 10.

A moderate Republican and three-term Senator, Snowe is known for her dedication to bipartisanship, particularly since the election of President Obama. Her voting record earned her a reputation among conservatives as a RINO — Republican in name only — but her leadership of the Senate’s “sensible center” was vital. She was the youngest Republican woman and the first Greek-American to serve in Congress. She also voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, served on the Senate Finance Committee, and was named one of “America’s 10 Best Senators” by Time Magazine.

Snowe will speak on “the impact of hyper-partisanship on Congress, and how we can help fix the stalemate in Washington.” We’re sure she will have more to say about last year’s government shutdown than another person with an H2O-based name.

The lecture, a Noah Krieger ’93 Memorial Lecture, will be held in MacMillan Hall at 4 p.m. on February 10. No tickets are needed, so you have no excuse not to go! Check after the jump for the event’s poster.

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