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Festival 2011

Festival 2011

Daemen College Academic Festival

A Celebration of Academic Achievement, April 20, 2011.

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is the host of "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Monday through Friday on MSNBC (5 and 7 PM EST). Matthews is also the host of The Chris Matthews Show, a syndicated weekly news program produced by NBC News and distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution. Mr. Matthews is a regular commentator on NBC's "Today" show.

A television news anchor with remarkable depth of experience, Matthews has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, Presidential speechwriter, and best-selling author. Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. In 1997 and 1998, his digging in the National Archives produced a series of San Francisco Examiner scoops on the Nixon presidential tapes. Matthews has covered American presidential election campaigns since 1988, including the five-week recount of 2000. In 2005 Matthews covered the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

In March 2004, he received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He has also been awarded The Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia and in 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society.

Matthews worked for 15 years as a print journalist, 13 of them as Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner (1987 - 2000), and two years as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, which was syndicated to 200 newspapers by United Media.

Prior to that, Matthews spent 15 years in politics and government, working in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a Presidential speechwriter and on The Presidents Reorganization Project; in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Senator Frank Moss (Utah) and Senator Edmund Muskie (Maine); and as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. Tip ONeill, Jr. for six years.

Matthews is the author of four best-selling books, including American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (2002), a New York Times best seller. His first book, Hardball (1988) is required reading in many college-level political science courses. Kennedy & Nixon (1996) was named by The Readers Digest Today's Best Non-fiction and served as the basis of a documentary on the History Channel. Now, Let me Tell What I Really Think (2001) was another New York Times best-seller.

A graduate of Holy Cross College, Matthews did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matthews also worked for two years as a trade development advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in the southern African nation of Swaziland.

Matthews was a visiting fellow at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Politics. He holds 16 honorary Ph.D.s.

Jeffrey Stott

Jeffrey Stott, Executive Vice President of Production Management at Castle Rock Entertainment, 1988-2002, will speak at the 2011 Daemen College Academic Festival. Stott's talk, "Entrepreneurship: From a History Degree to Making Movies," will be the second presentation in the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series,which seeks to highlight success stories, and provide incentives, for individuals in the area of business entrepreneurship.

Jeffrey Stott (Executive Producer) has collaborated with Rob Reiner since Reiner's directorial debut, "This is Spinal Tap." The film went on to capture the hearts of critics and audiences alike and was followed up with the equally successful films "The Sure Thing," "Stand by Me" and "The Princess Bride," on which Stott was associate producer.

His long association with Reiner continued through the formation of Reiner's company, Castle Rock Entertainment. During his tenure there as Executive Vice President of Production Management, Stott oversaw the production of more than 80 films and served as executive producer on "The American President," "Ghosts of Mississippi," "The Story of Us" and "Alex & Emma," and Reiner's "The Bucket List," starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

Stott's credits as a co-producer include the classic "When Harry Met Sally"; "Misery," for which Kathy Bates won an Academy Award for Best Actress; and "A Few Good Men," which earned Jack Nicholson an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His additional credits include "Murder By Numbers" and "Dolores Claiborne."

While at Castle Rock, Stott also served as the executive in charge of production on the hit TV series "Seinfeld."

Stott's recent productions include the comedy "Fat Albert," for director Joel Zwick, and the remake of "The Omen," directed by John Moore, "Marmaduke" for 20th Century Fox, and most recently "Drive" scheduled for release in September 2011 and starring Ryan Gosling and Cary Mulligan.

He holds an M.A. in history from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.


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