October 1, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: October 1, 2002 White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to give talk on Oct. 13 MIDDLEBURY, VT - White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer will give a talk titled "The Presidency and the Press," at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Prior to the lecture, Middlebury College President John M. McCardell, Jr. will present Fleischer, a member of the Middlebury class of 1982, with an alumni achievement award. Following the event, there will be a reception in the Redfield Room of Proctor Hall across the street from Mead Chapel. Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.

Fleischer is the official liaison between the White House and members of the press, acting as the primary spokesman for the president and delivering the daily White House briefing. He served as press secretary for Sen. Pete Domenici from 1989-1994 and later as spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee, working on issues related to taxes, social security, welfare and international trade. Prior to joining the campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the fall of 1999, he served as communications director for Elizabeth Dole's presidential campaign.

Fleischer began his career in politics after college when he became the press secretary for losing GOP candidate and little-known New York assemblyman Jon Fossel in a House race. Later he worked for the Republican National Committee; for several GOP congressmen, including Rep. Joe DioGuardi; and in the unsuccessful re-election campaign of Bush's father. Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, N.Y.

For more information, contact Kathleen Knippler in the office of the secretary of Middlebury College at or 802-443-5393.

We expect a large crowd for the Ari Fleischer lecture, “The Presidency and the Press,” that is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, October 13.

In order to accommodate the large number of people who are expected to attend, and to provide preferred seating to Middlebury College students, the following procedures will govern this event:

  • The doors to Mead Chapel will be opened at 7:00 p.m.
  • The front half of the main floor of the chapel will be reserved for Middlebury College students with student IDs.
  • The front row on the right-hand side, as one faces the stage, will be reserved for persons with disabilities.
  • The back half of the main floor, and the balcony, will be available for general seating. Should any seats remain in the student section after 7:45 p.m., they will be made available for general seating.
  • Ushers will be present to assist with seating. Ushers will be instructed to ensure that all pews are fully occupied (8 to a row in the center sections, 4 to a row in the side sections). Saving seats will not be permitted. Because space will be limited, we discourage bringing backpacks and other bulky items into the chapel.
  • Overflow seating with closed-circuit television will be provided in the McCullough social space. Speakers will also be mounted outside Mead Chapel.

A videotape of the lecture will be on reserve at Media Services in Sunderland after the event.

Eric L. Davis
Secretary of the College