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Press Release
January 5, 2006

An "American Conversation"
With Norman Ornstein
And Allen Weinstein:

"Post 9/11 Washington Political Culture"

Washington, D.C.. On Thursday, January 19, 2006, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents an "American Conversation" between distinguished political analyst Norman Ornstein and Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein. They will discuss the changing political culture of Washington, D.C. in the years since the traumatic 9/11 events. This program is the third in a new National Archives series of discussions on American history and identity.

Lynne Cheney and Lonnie Bunch were featured in "American Conversations" in November and December, and future guests include Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on February 9, 2006 and historian John Hope Franklin on March 14. Video of past programs in the series can be viewed on the National Archives web site at: http://www.archives.gov/about/archivist/conversations/.

Events in this series are held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, N.W. and is fully accessible. All programs in the "American Conversations" series are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by e-mail (public.program@nara.gov) or telephone (202-357-5000).

Norman Ornstein is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He serves as senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that government institutions can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington. He also serves as an election analyst for CBS News. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call, and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and other major publications, and regularly appears on television programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose.

Allen Weinstein was confirmed as the ninth Archivist of the United States in February 2005. Professor Weinstein, a former Professor of History who has held positions at Boston University, Georgetown University, and Smith College, is the author of numerous essays and books, including The Story of America (2002), The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era (1999), Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (1978 & 1997), and Freedom and Crisis: An American History (3rd edition, 1981). From 1985 to 2003, he served as President of The Center for Democracy in Washington, DC. His international awards include the United Nations Peace Medal (1986).

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For press information contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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