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Stephanopolous Hosts GU-Ford Foundation Budget Talk

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George Stephanopolous is hosting a series of talks sponsored by Georgetown and the Ford Foundation about the country's values. Photo courtesy of ABC Studios.

October 11, 2011 – President John J. DeGioia is joining Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and others tonight in a conversation on the nation's budget hosted by ABC’s “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos. 

The sponsors of the event, the Ford Foundation and Georgetown, have a partnership designed to deepen the national dialogue about values in public life and celebrate the shared values of freedom, equality and community.

Tonight’s inaugural conversation, which takes place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, is the first in a series about America’s future.

Organizing Values

“Each of us who has been privileged to pursue post-secondary education in America has experienced this spirit in some capacity,” DeGioia wrote in response to questions on Stephanopoulous’ ABC Oct. 6 blog, “…as a result, we also have been exposed to certain organizing values – freedom, democracy, dialogue, civility, community, and the pursuit of becoming our very best selves…”

Other participants include:

  • Calvin Butts, pastor of The Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of the SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • Richard Danzig, board chair, Center for a New American Security, and a former Secretary of the Navy
  • Carly Fiorina, chair and CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and former chair and CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Juliet García, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Ford Foundation board of trustees member.
  • Michael Gerson, Washington Post opinion writer and former White House speechwriter
  • Michael A. Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia
  • Peter Orszag, vice chair of global banking for Citigroup and a former White House budget director
  • Townsend, chair of American Bridge and former Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation

According to the Ford Foundation website, Stephanopoulos is expected to ask participants about the best way to secure America’s financial future, who will lead the country forward and other related issues.

Stephanopoulos’ blog will likely have clips from the event in the next day or two.

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