Posted by William Nunnelley on 2010-09-08

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Eleanor Clift of Newsweek magazine will present a free public lecture at Samford Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.  Her topic will be “Women in Politics: From Suffrage to Shattering the Glass Ceiling.”

Clift, a Newsweek contributing editor, writes about the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues.  Formerly the magazine’s White House correspondent, she also served as congressional and political correspondent and as deputy Washington bureau chief.  Her column, “Capitol Letter,” is posted each Friday on

The Samford program is presented by the Frances Marlin Mann Center and its Andrew Gerow Hodges Lecture in Ethics and Leadership.  Clift will be in residence at Samford as a Wilson Fellow Sept. 19-24.  She will speak in classes and meet with groups of students and faculty.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.