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Congresswoman to Speak at Commencement

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 and activist.

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