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Duncan, Kerry, college presidents to convene at Emerson

President Lee Pelton, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, and presidents from several Massachusetts colleges will gather at Emerson on Monday, February 6, to discuss innovative higher education programs aimed at preparing students to thrive in today’s economy.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Following the private meeting, Pelton, Duncan, and Kerry will meet with students for an hour-long question and answer session in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at 1:00 pm. Seating will be limited. Students who would like to attend should RSVP to and plan to arrive at the event between 12:30 and 12:45 pm.

“I welcome the opportunity to convene this important conversation with Secretary Duncan, Senator Kerry, and several of my local college president peers,” said Pelton. “Of course, the issues of access, affordability, and work force are much on the minds of students and families. I am very pleased that this event will allow our students to speak directly with key government officials who approve legislation and develop policies that affect their lives.”

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts

Colleges joining Emerson in the roundtable are: Babson College, Berklee College, Bunker Hill Community College, Fisher College, Lasell College, Lesley University, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Northeastern University, Regis College, Salem State University, and Tufts University.

Pelton, Duncan, and Kerry will be available briefly immediately following the student Q & A session to take questions from external and campus media.

Those who are unable to attend Monday's event can submit questions via Emerson's Facebook and on Twitter, using the hashtag #ecpolitics. We'll pick a few of the best questions to ask on your behalf. You'll also be able to follow Monday's discussion on Twitter at #ecpolitics or you can read the recap on Emerson College Today.

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