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Distributed March 31, 2005
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Max Cleland To Deliver Barnes Lecture at Brown Medical School

Max Cleland, former U.S. senator and decorated Vietnam veteran, will visit Brown University Tuesday, April 5, to deliver the sixth annual Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture in Public Health. Cleland will be available for press interviews.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Max Cleland, former U.S. senator and Veterans Administration chief, will deliver the sixth annual Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture in Public Health on Tuesday, April 5, 2005. The lecture, titled “Pathways to Recovery from Combat: Needs of Returning Veterans,” begins at 4 p.m. in Andrews Hall on the Pembroke Campus at Brown.


Editors: Cleland will be available for interviews from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Commons Room in Alumnae Hall. Please contact Wendy Lawton in the Brown News Service (401 863-2476) to schedule an interview.

Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam, is a passionate advocate for improving medical and mental health care for returning soldiers. In 1980, while serving as VA administrator, Cleland created the Vet Center network, the first program to help Vietnam veterans deal with the emotional aftermath of war. There are now 206 such counseling centers nationwide.

“Wars are not over when the shooting stops,” Cleland said. “They live on in the lives of those who fight our wars and who are wounded by them. Dealing with the trauma of combat is the toughest thing I’ve ever tried to do.”

Cleland is a member of the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The former Army officer has a long career in public service, serving as state senator and secretary of state in his native Georgia. Cleland also served on the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission.

Brown alumnus James S. Zisson ’74 and his wife established and endowed the Barnes Lectureship in Public Health in memory of Norma and Miles Zisson ’38. The lectureship honors the late Frederick Barnes, M.D., a founding faculty member of Brown Medical School, and his late wife, Catherine.

Alumnae Hall and Andrews Hall are located on the Pembroke Campus, north of Meeting Street between Brown and Thayer. A visitor’s map of the Brown campus is available for download in PDF format.


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