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Date: November 7, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Montgomery College Examines Life of Former Senator Howard Baker
Event to Feature Talks by Connie Morella and Howard Denis;
MC Professor Authored Book, Now in Paperback, on Baker

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The Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College will hold a special event, entitled “Civility in Washington: The Baker Example,” to discuss the legacy of former Senator Howard Baker on Monday, November 19 at 7 p.m. It will take place in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

The evening’s program will feature talks by the Honorable Connie Morella, former U.S. Representative from Maryland, and Howard Denis, former Montgomery County Councilmember and Maryland State Senator. Another featured speaker will be Cissy Baker, vice president of news at Tribune Broadcasting, who is the daughter of former Senator Baker. The event also celebrates the release of a new paperback edition of “Howard Baker: Conciliator in an Age of Crisis,” written by Dr. Lee Annis, professor of history at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus.

A Republican, Howard Baker, Jr. served his home state of Tennessee for nearly 20 years in the United States Senate, including four years as the Senate Majority Leader. In 1980, he made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. During his service, Baker became known as the “Great Conciliator.”

After declining to seek another term in 1984, Baker went on to serve President Ronald Reagan as chief of staff, during the president’s second term in office. In 2001, Baker began four years of service as the United States Ambassador to Japan.

The book, “Howard Baker: Conciliator in the Age of Crisis,” will be available for sale and signing by the author at this event. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Morella’s scholarship fund at Montgomery College.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Lee Annis, author and professor, at 240-567-5281 or

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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