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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Boston Red Sox & The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Present:
Michael Dukakis, Tommy Harper, John King, Dave O`Brien, Greg Rosenbaum and Juliet Schor - with Moderator Morton Dean

In a Panel Discussion of: "Baseball and American Life"

12-Noon Luncheon
State Street Pavilion - Fenway Park (enter at 20 Yawkey Way)
$45 Per Person

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Event Sponsor: Marty Meehan and the University of Massachusetts

Morton Dean - Biographical Brief

Morton Dean was born in 1935 in Fall River, Massachusetts, and is an American television news journalist who has worked for CBS News and ABC News since the mid-1960s.

Dean is currently a Partner at corporate and executive communications firm of M.E. Communications Partners. He also writes on a freelance basis and lectures to diverse audiences. Dean, a graduate of Emerson College, worked as a local radio and television reporter for stations in Massachusetts and New York state before joining CBS in 1967.

There, he specialized in coverage of the U.S. space program, national politics and the Vietnam War. During much of his tenure at CBS, Dean anchored weekend editions of CBS Evening News, as well as the weekday afternoon and evening editions of the 90-second Newsbreak updates (airing between programs at 3:00 and 9:00 p.m.).

He left CBS in 1985 for Tribune Broadcasting, where he anchored the nationally syndicated INN: The Independent News as well as newscasts on Tribune`s New York station WPIX.

Dean joined ABC in 1988 and for several years, he anchored the newscasts on the network`s Good Morning America (1993-1996). Dean also traveled extensively covering breaking stories around the world.

More recent years have witnessed Dean doing voiceover work for documentaries on A&E and The History Channel, in addition to writing a book on sports injuries. Dean is among those listed in Steve Silbiger`s book, "The Jewish Phenomenon," of prominent Jewish broadcast journalists.

Dean is the recipient of Emmy awards and awards from United Press International.

John King - Biographical Brief

John King is CNN`s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN`s New Day. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., King is instrumental in CNN`s daily reporting and breaking news coverage. Most recently, King was a prominent part of the network`s 2014 Election Night in America coverage offering insight and analysis throughout the evening. As part of CNN`s America`s Choice 2012 election coverage, King reported from the trail and moderated three presidential primary debates. His analysis and use of the "Magic Wall" to visually bring the results and their impact to viewers was an integral part of the network`s Emmy award-winning 2012 election night coverage.

He previously anchored John King, USA, and in January 2009, he launched State of the Union with John King, the network`s Sunday political news program - visiting 50 states in 52 weeks to chronicle the first year of the Obama presidency.

During the 2010 election cycle, King moderated gubernatorial debates in Massachusetts and Florida. He was also a member of CNN`s 2008 Peabody Award-winning political team, when he broke news that Barack Obama had chosen Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. King pioneered the use of CNN`s "Magic Wall" during the 2008 election, and contributed to CNN`s Emmy-winning 2006 midterm coverage.

King joined CNN in May 1997 and became chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN`s senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005, when his duties included reporting on the Iraq war and the September 11 terrorist attacks.

King traveled with Vice President Dick Cheney to the Middle East in March 2002 as the Bush administration began to build support for confronting Saddam Hussein. In December 2004, King traveled with Secretary of State Colin Powell to Indonesia, Thailand and other South Asian countries, and then remained in the region to cover the disaster and aftermath of the tsunami that took more than 175,000 lives in the region. In 2005, King was among the CNN crew that covered the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from the U.S. Gulf Coast. In June 2006, he accompanied President Bush on a secret trip to Baghdad.

During the Clinton administration, King conducted an exclusive joint interview with President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair in Birmingham, England in May 1998. He also had the only one-on-one interview with President Clinton during his historic 2000 trip to Vietnam. King also was CNN`s lead reporter covering Vice President Al Gore in the closing weeks of the 2000 campaign and during the post-election recount controversy.

In addition to his domestic reporting, King covered a number of major international events, including the first Persian Gulf War, the U.S. military operation to restore the Aristide government to Haiti and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa.

He was among the first correspondents to report in 1991 from a liberated Kuwait and received the top-reporting prize for his coverage of the 1991 Gulf War from the Associated Press Managing Editors` Association.

Before CNN, King was for 12 years an Associated Press correspondent, working in Rhode Island and Boston before transferring to Washington after the 1988 election. As chief political correspondent, King led The AP`s 1992 and 1996 presidential election coverage. During his AP tenure, King broke several major political stories, including Michael Dukakis` selection of Lloyd Bentsen as his running mate in 1988 and Clinton`s selection of Al Gore in 1992.

King is a native of Boston and earned a bachelor`s degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island. He also has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from URI and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

You can follow King on Twitter @JohnKingCNN.

Greg Rosenbaum - Biographical Brief

Mr. Rosenbaum is President of Palisades Associates, Inc., a merchant banking and investment firm.

Mr. Rosenbaum began his business career in 1978 at The Boston Consulting Group, a world leader in corporate strategy consulting. In 1982, he was named a Vice President of The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, a private investment firm that pioneered leveraged buyouts. In 1987, Mr. Rosenbaum was one of the founding Managing Directors of The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. In 1989, he founded Palisades Associates, Inc.

Mr. Rosenbaum received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1974 and jointly earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he won the Ames Moot Court Competition, and an M.P.P. from Harvard`s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1978. While pursuing his graduate studies, Mr. Rosenbaum served as Coach of Debating at Harvard and as a Teaching Fellow in Government and Social Sciences. He is admitted to the active practice of law in Ohio and Illinois and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

He is currently C0-Chair and Principal Owner of the Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team, which is the single A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, a member of Minor League Baseball`s Midwest League and holds the record for the longest consecutive sellout streak in American professional sports.

The Jewish Daily Forward has named Mr. Rosenbaum one of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans. In 2011, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty named Mr. Rosenbaum the Humanitarian of the Year.

In March 2013, Mr. Rosenbaum was appointed by President Obama to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

His devotion and fidelity to his alma mater, Harvard, is reflected in the following: Served as chairman of the Dean`s Alumni Leadership Council at Harvard John F. Kennedy School from 2004 to 2011; co-chairs the Littauer Society; vice chair of the Kennedy School Fund Executive Council; is a member of the school`s Dean`s Council; and is a member of the Deanís Mid-Atlantic Leadership Council at Harvard Law.

In addition, Mr. Rosenbaum has been a gift co-chair of the Harvard College Class of 1974,co-chairs of his Class Committee at Harvard Law School, is a member of Harvard`s Committee on University Resources, and is a director of the Harvard Alumni Association, where he chairs the Alumni Awards Committee and is a member of the Committee on the Happy Observance of Commencement.

Plus, Mr. Rosenbaum served as a member of Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Dean Michael Smith`s Special Committee on Alumni Relations and Communications.

A major interest for Mr. Rosenbaum is academic policy debating. As an undergraduate, he won the National Debate Tournament, college debate`s national championship. As a debate coach, Mr. Rosenbaum (together with his former debate partner) guided Harvard to the 1979 national championship, joining Professor Laurence Tribe as the only winners of that title as both a debater and head coach, something achieved by only two other people since that time.

Mr. Rosenbaum and his wife, Marti, have three children, Eli, and the twins, Elliott and Eve, all Harvard graduates. All of the Rosenbaums share an interest as fans of Major and Minor League Baseball, with season tickets to the Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tommy Harper - Biographical Brief

Tommy Harper was born October 14, 1940 in Oak Grove, Louisiana, but grew up in Richmond, California, where his skills as a baseball player attracted the attention of major league scouts.

In time he would become a major league outfielder and third baseman, and in his 14-year career played with the Cincinnati Reds (1962ñ67), Cleveland Indians (1968), Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970-71), Boston Red Sox (1972-74), California Angels (1975), Oakland Athletics (1975), and the Baltimore Orioles (1976).

While with the Red Sox he set a base stealing record of 54 in 1973, which stood for 36 years. Tommy`s best year in the majors was 1970 with the Reds, when he hit .296, had 31 home runs, and drove in 82.

Since retiring, Tommy has been involved with Red Sox organization, serving as a goodwill ambassador, and regularly participates in the teamís annual Jackie Robinson`s birthday tribute, which takes place every January 31, and where Tommy explains his experiences as a black ball player.

Tommy Harper is a gentleman of grace and dignity, and the Red Sox love his association with the organization.

Juliet Schor - Biographical Brief

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women`s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press 2010). She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don`t Need (Basic Books, 1998).

The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher`s Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation (September 2003).

Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much? (Beacon Press 2000), co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader (The New Press 2000) and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century (Beacon Press 2002). An essay collection, Consumerism and Its Discontents is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2011. She has also co-edited a number of academic collections.

Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans` lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.

She was a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1995-1996 for a project entitled "New Analyses of Consumer Society." In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought.

In 1998 Schor received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English. Schor`s scholarly articles have appeared in the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Economic Psychology, Ecological Economics, The Journal of Industrial Ecology, Social Problems and other journals. Schor has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program.

In addition to the foregoing, Schor is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics. She is a former Trustee of Wesleyan University, an occasional faculty member at Schumacher College, and a former fellow of the Brookings Institution. Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups.

She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other national and local television news programs.

Dave O`Brien - Biographical Brief

Dave enters his third season doing Red Sox baseball. He also broadcasts for ESPN, where he has handled a variety of play-by-play roles, including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, College Basketball, and the NBA since joining the network in 2002.

O`Brien was the voice of the 2006 World Cup Soccer Tournament televised by ABC that was nominated for an Emmy and has called the last several League Championship Series and World Series for MLB`s International TV coverage.

He worked as both a radio and television announcer for the Florida Marlins from 1993-2001 and broadcast television games for the New York Mets from 2003-05. O`Brien has also done play-by-play for the Atlanta Braves and college football and basketball action for the University of Georgia and University of Miami.

The Quincy, MA native and Syracuse University graduate resides in Rye, NH with his wife Debbie and children Michael (18), Samantha (15), and Kaitlyn (12).

Michael Dukakis - Biographical Brief

Michael Stanley Dukakis was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on November 3, 1933. His parents, Panos and Euterpe (Boukis) Dukakis both emigrated from Greece to the mill cities of Lowell and Haverhill, Massachusetts before marrying and settling down in the town of Brookline, just outside Boston. Dukakis graduated from Brookline High School (1951), Swarthmore College (1955), and Harvard Law School (1960). He served for two years in the United States Army, sixteen months of which he spent with the support group to the United Nations delegation to the Military Armistice Commission in Munsan, Korea.

Dukakis began his political career as an elected Town Meeting Member in the town of Brookline. He was elected chairman of his town’s Democratic organization in 1960 and won a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1962. He served four terms as a legislator, winning reelection by an increasing margin each time he ran. In 1970 he was the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor and the running mate of Boston mayor Kevin White in the year’s gubernatorial race which they lost to Republicans Frank Sargent and Donald Dwight.

Dukakis won his party’s nomination for Governor in 1974 and beat Sargent decisively in November of that year. He inherited a record deficit and record high unemployment and is generally credited with digging Massachusetts out of one of its worst financial and economic crises in history. But the effort took its toll, and Dukakis was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1978 by Edward King. Dukakis came back to defeat King in 1982 and was reelected to an unprecedented third, four-year term in 1986 by one of the largest margins in history. In 1986, his colleagues in the National Governors’ Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation.

Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. Soon thereafter, he announced that he would not be a candidate for reelection as governor. After leaving office in January 1991, Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, spent three months at the University of Hawaii where Dukakis was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health. While at the University of Hawaii, he taught courses in political leadership and health policy and led a series of public forums on the reform of the nation’s health care system. There has been increasing public interest in Hawaii’s first-in-the-nation universal health insurance system and the lessons that can be learned from it as the nation debates the future of health care in America.

Since June 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and visiting professor at the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. He and the late former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored the book titled “How to Get Into Politics – and Why,” which is designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career.

Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the new Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and served as Vice-Chairman on the Amtrak Board.

Mike and Kitty Dukakis have three children: John, Andrea and Kara, and are the proud grandparents of Alexandra Jane Dukakis, Harry Nicholas Hereford, Josephine Katharine Hereford, Olivia Dukakis Onek, Peter Antonio Dukakis, Nora Dukakis Onek, and Sofia Elena Dukakis.


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