Sen. John Edwards Presents “Big Ideas” on Addressing U.S. and Global Poverty

March 19, 2007

Sen. John EdwardsOn March 15, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards spoke about reducing poverty in the United States and around the world. Sen. Edwards proposed a four-part plan for dealing with global poverty, starting with a “sweeping effort” to bring education to 23 millions children in poor countries.

Among Sen. Edwards suggestions was a worldwide summit on preventative health care in the developing world, providing economic opportunities and micro-financing for small businesses, and creating a Cabinet-level position to deal with combating global poverty.

In his speech, Edwards set the goal of bringing 12 million people out of poverty in the next decade and “eliminating U.S. poverty within 30 years.”

After you have listened to or read Sen. Edwards’ speech, we invite you to offer your comments. Comment below or by e-mailing your comments to .

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Defending New Hampshire’s First-in-the-Nation Primary

March 19, 2007

In this podcast, we feature a panel discussion on the historical and political significance of the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary tradition. The event was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on March 14, 2007.

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch opened the event, which was moderated by Jennifer Donahue, senior advisor for political affairs at the NHIOP.

The distinguished guest panelists included Carl Cameron, Senior Political Correspondent with FOX News Channel; Bill Schneider, Senior Political Analyst with CNN; John DiStaso, Senior Political Reporter at the Union Leader; Ovide LaMontagne, former Quayle for President New Hampshire Chair; Dante Scala, Associate Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College; and Bill Shaheen, former Kerry for President New Hampshire Chair.

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What are your views on the importance of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and the current trend of frontloading the presidential primaries. After you listen to this podcast, you may comment below or e-mail your comments to [email protected]

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Senator John Edwards to Give a Major Policy Speech at NHIOP

March 13, 2007

On Thurs., March 15, at 11:30 a.m., Senator John Edwards will give a speech outlining his plans for bold change for America. He will discuss the need for transformational change in our policies and politics, and in the way America leads the world, including an emphasis on ending U.S. poverty and combating world poverty.

This event will be held in the NHIOP Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Presidential Primary Debates Postponed to June

March 12, 2007

CNN, Hearst Argyle’s WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader have moved their back-to-back Republican and Democratic debates from the first week of April to the first week of June. The debates will be held at Saint Anselm College.

The change was made to accommodate candidates’ schedules and offer the public the best possible presidential primary debates. New Hampshire plays a pivotal role in presidential elections, and CNN, WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader say they are committed to providing voters with this important opportunity to evaluate candidates. The exact dates of the events will be posted as soon has they have been determined.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debates with questions from WMUR-TV Political Director Scott Spradling and New Hampshire Union Leader Senior Political Reporter John DiStaso. Both debates will be broadcast live throughout New Hampshire on WMUR and nationally on CNN, CNN Radio,, and

Additionally, WMUR and CNN Pipeline will create multiple real-time web components including off-air camera angles and additional real-time analysis in an unprecedented effort to enhance the on-line experience for the people of New Hampshire and the country, CNN anncounced.

These debates will provide candidates an important opportunity to introduce themselves and answer direct questions on the many challenges facing New Hampshire and the nation.

“As a liberal arts college with a mission to engage students and citizens in the civic life of our nation, we are thrilled to showcase once again our great college and our Benedictine hospitality on a national stage,” Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, said.

The Final Grassroots Frontier: From N.H. Living Rooms to the White House

March 12, 2007

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is sponsoring a discussion on Wed., March 14, 2007, at 6 p.m., in NHIOP Auditorium that will highlight the historical and political significance of the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary tradition.

Governor Lynch will open the discussion that will feature Carl Cameron, chief political correspondent, Fox News Channel; John DiStaso, senior political reporter, Union Leader ; Ovide LaMontagne, former Quayle for President N.H. Chair; Bill Shaheen, former State Chair to Sen. John Kerry’s New Hampshire presidential campaign; and Dante Scala associate professor of politics, Saint Anselm College.

The event will be moderated by Jennifer Donahue, senior advisor for political affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Classics Professors Bring Ancient Battle Alive on the History Channel

March 9, 2007

Saint Anselm Classics Prof. David GeorgeWatch Saint Anselm College’s classics department showcase its expertise on the History Channel this month in Last Stand of the 300, a documentary about the battle of Thermopylae.

Classics Professor David George helped write the script for the two-hour program and served as a “talking head” along with colleagues Linda Rulman, lecturer, and Matthew Gonzales, assistant professor. The release of the documentary coincides with the opening this weekend of the Warner Brothers film 300, a movie based on the ferocious, legendary battle.

The documentary premiered March 8 and will be repeated at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and again Friday, March 30, at 8 a.m.

Last Stand of the 300 PosterThe battle of Thermopylae took place in a narrow pass along the Aegean Sea in 480 B.C. Three hundred Spartans, whom the documentary describes as the Delta Force of their day, sacrificed their lives to defend the Greek City States from a Persian Empire force of more than one million men. Saint Anselm’s professors help describe the armor, the military strategies, the societies, and the warriors involved in this epic battle.

“After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history,” the History Channel states in its promotion for the program. “When it is over, every Spartan in the pass will have sacrificed his life for freedom.”

Last Stand of the 300 Links (from Limulus Productions):

  • Video clips
  • Still photos from the film
  • Documentary promo posters

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