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Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder to Speak at UNLV

Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder of Colorado will speak at UNLV on Sept. 29 as part of the Barrick Lecture Series.

Her talk, "New Solutions for a New Century," is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Performing Arts Center box office at Ham Concert Hall beginning Sept. 20. For more information, call 895-3801.

Schroeder, 57, first was elected to Congress in 1972 from Colorado's first congressional district, an area that includes the city and county of Denver. The Democratic congresswoman was re-elected 11 times. In 1995, she announced that she would not seek re-election the following year, saying it was time to move on and tackle new challenges. She left Congress in January of this year when the 105th Congress was sworn in.

From January until May, Schroeder served as a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Since June of this year, Schroeder has been serving as president and chief operating officer of the Association of American Publishers.

While in Congress, Schroeder, who once was labeled by Oliver North as one of the nation's 25 most dangerous politicians, was a leader on foreign and military policy, arms control and disarmament, women's economic equity and health, educational opportunity, constitutional rights, and policies that affect children, women, and families.

From 1979 until 1995, she co-chaired the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, a bipartisan group of representatives devoted to advancing women's legislation in Congress. In 1995, she was named to the National Women's Hall of Fame.

During the 103rd Congress (1993-94) Schroeder authored and helped pass into law the Violence Against Women Act, which strengthened efforts by law enforcement to combat violent crimes against women; the Economic Equity Act, which addressed a broad range of issues affecting women in the workplace, from job discrimination to the lack of affordable child care; the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, which provided mammograms and pap smears to low-income women through grants from the Centers for Disease Control; the Child Support Responsibility Act, which prevented non-custodial parents from getting out from under their child support obligations; and the National Child Protection Act, which gave child care providers and youth service organizations access to information on convicted child abusers so that those businesses could improve their background check procedures for potential employees.

A native of Portland, Ore., Schroeder graduated magna cum laude in 1961 from the University of Minnesota. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1964. Before running for Congress, she practiced law in Denver.

The Barrick Lecture Series, funded through a grant from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick, presents nationally and internationally known speakers from a variety of fields each year at UNLV. Presentations are free and open to the public.

For additional information, call 895-3801.

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