Marlboro College


Just In Time for the 2004 Presidential Elections, Madeleine Kunin, Former Governor of Vermont, Talks About Why Every Vote Counts

Marlboro, VT--Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont (1985 to 1991) and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College, will explore the importance of individual votes on Monday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

Kunin will draw on examples like the 2000 Presidential Election, in which 537 out of 6 million votes decided the presidency, as well as from her own political life, in “Living the Politically Engaged Life: Making Your Vote Count.”

The only woman in any state to serve three terms as governor, Kunin also worked as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland for 3 years, as the Clinton administration’s Deputy Secretary of Education for 3 1/2 years and as a delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Currently, Kunin is President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a non-governmental organization she founded in 1991.

Kunin earned a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, a M.A. from the University of Vermont, a cum Laude B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Kunin’s efforts in education, the environment, and women’s issues have strongly benefited Vermont. To create affordable housing and preserve land, she established the Vermont Housing and Land Conservation Trust Fund, which successfully aided thousands of Vermonters. During her leadership, she substantially increased both educational funding and quality.

Kunin has published two books, Living a Political Life (1993) and The Big Green Book (1976), is a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has earned over 20 honorary degrees.

This lecture is part of Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series, whose fall theme is “Education and Engagement: A Community-Based Approach Lecture Series.” Lectures are funded by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation and an anonymous donor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644.

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