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Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne, Gormley to Discuss Clinton-Starr Controversy

The Pittsburgh community has a chance to hear discussion of the Clinton-Starr controversy by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Duquesne University Law School Dean Ken Gormley, with the drama of impeachment proceedings, land deals, sexual harassment charges and the Lewinsky affair, against the backdrop of American politics.

The two will discuss the topics explored in Gormley’s latest book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, on Tuesday, May 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. The audience will have a chance to meet both panelists at a book signing and reception following the discussion. Those attending are asked to RSVP at 412.396.5131 or by email.

Dionne, a nationally syndicated columnist based at The Post, covered the Clinton-Starr proceedings and has written about politics and national policy since 1990. He comments in a twice-weekly column for The Post and serves as a professor at Georgetown University and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. A frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio (NPR), ABC’s This Week and NBC’s Meet the Press, Dionne had served as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome and Beirut.

Gormley, a nationally renowned expert on Watergate and special prosecutors, conducted exclusive interviews with President Bill Clinton, Ken Starr, Monica Lewinsky and her family, Linda Tripp, Paula Jones and her lawyers, Susan McDougal and many other key players to write their reflections of the investigation that nearly brought down the Clinton presidency.

Clinton vs. Starr has been highly acclaimed nationally, and Gormley has been interviewed by the NBC Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air, Fox & Friends, The Charlie Rose Show, MSNBC Morning Joe and Hardball with Chris Matthews, among many others. His best-selling book received the Editor’s Choice designation from the New York Times Book Review, as well as the 2010 Bruce K. Gould Award for an outstanding publication related to the law, a prestigious award that also has been presented to notable authors including Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Bob Woodward and others.

Previously Gormley wrote the award-winning Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation. In addition to testifying before the U.S. Senate, he has lectured at distinguished venues including the Aspen Institute, the Chautauqua Institution, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and his alma mater, Harvard Law School.

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