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Former N.Y. Governor Cuomo To Speak at Bowdoin

Story posted December 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Former New York governor Mario Cuomo will deliver a free lecture at Bowdoin College on Monday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium. His speech is open to the public free of charge. Tickets are free but must be obtained at the Smith Union Information Desk from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays.

Cuomo served as governor of New York for three terms from 1982 to 1994. He also was the keynote speaker at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Since leaving office, he has returned to private practice as a partner with the New York law firm of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, concentrating on national and international corporate law.

Known for his compelling and inspirational oratory, Cuomo accepts a limited number of lecture engagements each year, as well as occasional television and radio appearances. The National Review described Cuomo as "the philosopher-king and the humble 'conscience' of the Democratic Party, a formidable, saintly genius of liberalism."

Cuomo is the author of six books, the most recent being "Reason to Believe," published in 1995 and updated last year. The book describes the challenges facing the world today and points the way to workable answers. His other works are "More than Words" (1993), a collection of his speeches; "The New York Idea: An Experiment in Democracy" (1994), detailing the Empire State's success story; "Lincoln on Democracy" (1990), a volume Cuomo co-edited that brings together Abraham Lincoln's speeches, writings and conversations on American political life; "Diaries of Mario Cuomo" (1984), describing his first gubernatorial campaign; and "Forest Hills Diary" (1974), describing the experiences that led him into public life.

Background Born in the South Jamaica, Queens neighborhood during the Depression, Cuomo was the son of recent Italian immigrants. Cuomo could barely speak English when he entered first grade, but excelled academically. He graduated summa cum laude from St. John's University and tied for top-of-his-class honors at St. John's University School of Law, where he served 13 years there as an adjunct professor. He practiced law until 1975 when he was appointed New York secretary of state. In 1978 he was elected lieutenant governor. Cuomo and his wife, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, are the parents of five children. They have six granddaughters.

The lecture is sponsored by the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship. The professorship was created in 1986 by Donald Zuckert, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1956, to bring outstanding men and women from government or the arts to teach at Bowdoin and to provide public lectures and performances.

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