Congresswoman to Speak
United States Representative Jane Lakes Harman ’66,
a leading Congressional expert on terrorism and security issues, will address the
graduating class of 2006 for Smith College’s 128th commencement ceremony on
Sunday, May 21.
First elected to Congress in 1992, Harman is currently
serving her fifth term as representative of the southern California district that
is home to the country’s leading defense contractors. An attorney and an elected
official, Harman is a fierce advocate of fiscal responsibility and of opportunity
for working families. Her involvement in the nation’s intelligence issues began
before September 11, 2001, when she served on the National Commission on Terrorism.
Following the terrorist attacks, she co-wrote a House report examining intelligence
failures leading to that tragedy and served on the Committee on Homeland Security.
Harman is now the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent
Select Committee on Intelligence. Her security expertise has made her a frequent
guest on national news programs including “Meet the Press,” “Face
the Nation,” “Larry King Live,” “Nightline” and “Wolf
Blitzer Reports.” She regularly contributes opinion pieces to the Washington
Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Following Harman’s address, four accomplished
women will receive honorary degrees: Jewel Plummer Cobb, scientist, educator and
administrator; Paula Deitz ’59, New York literary magazine editor; Ruth Ozeki
Lounsbury ’80, filmmaker and author; and Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner
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