Liz and Mary Cheney

"Politics, Family, and the Challenges for the Next Generation of American Leaders"

November 15, 2007
7:30pm
Balch Auditorium
Office of Public Events, (909) 607-9372

In their first joint appearance

cheney-sisters-photosScripps College invites you to an evening with Liz and Mary Cheney as part of the annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program. Priority seating in Garrison Theater will be given to members of the Scripps community with their Scripps ID. All other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please contact the Office of Public Events at (909) 607-9372.

About the Speakers

Liz Cheney is an attorney and specialist in the areas of U.S. Middle East policy and reform in the Arab world. She has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and her responsibilities included designing and managing U.S. Government programs to promote democracy in the Arab world. She has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

Cheney was a project finance attorney with White & Case, LLP and at the International Finance Corporation, focusing on transactions in the Middle East and Central Asia. She has served at U.S. AID in the Bureau for Asia and the Near East; as the interim USAID Representative in Warsaw, Poland; as project development officer in Budapest, Hungary, and as the AID Desk Officer for China.

During the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, Cheney managed vice presidential debate preparation. She is currently a foreign policy advisor to Senator Fred Thompson’s campaign.

Mary Cheney is an author and was a top campaign aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. As a senior advisor to her father, she was in the middle of every major event of the 2000 and 2004 presidential contests—at the conventions, the debates, and on the trail. Both elections made history, and so did Mary Cheney.

In her book Now It’s My Turn: A Daughter’s Chronicle of Political Life, Cheney writes about what it was like to be at the center of her father’s campaigns as his daughter, as a member of the senior staff, and though she never intended it, as a political target. Although her experiences and opinions have been the subject of intense debate in the media and from activists on both ends of the political spectrum, she had not spoken publicly about herself, her life, or her political views until publishing her book. As Mary Cheney describes it, life inside a presidential campaign can be uplifting, frustrating, and heartbreaking, but no matter what else it may be, it’s always entertaining.