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April 3, 2003                                                           

Contact:  Gabriela Baez or Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 970-4277

Reference: 02/03: 72                           

Political and Foreign Policy Consultant and Radio Talk Show Host John Rothmann to Speak on Middle East at Whittier College           

            John Rothmann, political and foreign policy consultant, radio talk-show host, and a Whittier College graduate, will speak at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in Whittier College's Ettinger Faculty Center.  His talk, "What an Undergraduate Needs to Know About the Middle East," is part of Whittier's annual Feinberg Lecture Series.  The talk is open to the public and free of charge.

            Rothmann is a talk show host on the ABC affiliated KGO-AM Newstalk radio in San Francisco.  When not on the air, Rothmann is an author, teacher, archivist, political consultant, and frequent lecturer on American politics and the Presidency.  He has spoken at over 150 campuses throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and has published many articles on American political history, the Middle East, and education.  He was a contributor to the book "American Jews and the Separationist Faith: The New Debate on Religion in Public Life" and has served as a research consultant for the books "Jews in America," "A Day in the Life of Israel," and "Jerusalem in the Shadow of Heaven."

            Rothmann has also been involved in many political campaigns on the national, state, and local levels, including Richard Nixon's presidential campaign in 1968.  Rothmann's personal library, a 15,000-volume collection specializing in American political history and political biography, is recognized as one of the finest private collections in the country.

            Rothmann graduated from Whittier College in 1970 with a degree in political science and received his Masters of Arts in Teaching in 1971.  In 1986, Rothmann was honored as one of 100 Whittier graduates who were recognized for their achievements as the college celebrated its centennial.  He was one of three graduates invited to address the academic convocation celebrating that occasion.

            Established by former Whittier College Trustee Sheldon Feinberg and his wife, Betty, the Feinberg Lecture Series was created to invite major scholars to the college to discuss the broad historic, religious and political issues encompassed by Judaism and its role in the changing world.  Previous Feinberg Lecturers include radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager; John Loftus, prosecutor of Nazi criminals; Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Public Policy at George Mason University; William Helmreich, professor of sociology and Judaic studies at City University Graduate Center and City College of New York; and Rodger Kamenetz, author of the national bestseller The Jew in the Lotus.

            Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa. 

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