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Columbia, Mo. - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will deliver the 2008 Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture. Huckabee's lecture, "Ethics Surrounding the Future of Medical and Health Care," will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13 in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session for students, faculty and staff precedes the lecture at 3 p.m. in Dorsey Gym. A media briefing will be held immediately following the question-and-answer session at 4:30 p.m.
Huckabee is recognized nationally as a leader in health-care, education and energy issues. He served as governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and has held numerous other leadership positions over the course of his political career. He has been chairman of the National Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Southern Governors Association. Huckabee also served as president of the Council of State Governments and state co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, and has been a member of many boards and commissions at the state and national levels.
In 2003, Huckabee's own 110-pound weight loss and completion of three marathons led to his recognition by the Road Runners Club of America as its Southern Region Runner of the Year. In 2005, Huckabee was named a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and one of the five best governors in America by Time magazine. That same year, he also received the AARP's Impact Award.
Over the past decade, Huckabee has authored five books, including "Character is the Issue," "Kids who Kill," "Living Beyond Your Lifetime," "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and a Fork," and his latest, "From Hope to Higher Ground." Previous speakers who have given the Schiffman Lecture on Ethics in Society include David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian; Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Institute for Non-Violence; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has devoted much of his career to environmental ethics; Soledad O’Brien, television journalist and CNN co-anchor; and John Kasich, a former U.S. congressman.
The Schiffman Lecture Series was established in 2000 through a gift by John A. Schiffman in honor of his late wife, Althea, a 1941 graduate of Christian College who served on the Columbia College Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1987.
Following his wife's death, John Schiffman served on the Columbia College Board of Trustees, retiring from the board 20 years later in 2007.
Columbia College, which was founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, was the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.
Columbia College, a private institution, serves 25,000 working adults, including military service members, worldwide.