This first annual lecture, marking a new Festival tradition, features US Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri. After serving the state of Missouri as a state legislator, Jackson County prosecutor, and state auditor, McCaskill made history in 2006 as the first woman elected to the US Senate from Missouri.
The Democratic senator currently serves on the Senate Armed Services, Commerce, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, and also chairs the newly formed Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. On the rise in Washington, she is also a darling of the social media site Twitter, where she dishes to followers and constituents on defense budgets and senatorial schedules, as well as on the everyday details of her life. In her lecture, Senator McCaskill shares her perspective on public service, policies, and progress forward.
This annual lecture honors the late Joanne H. Alter's pioneering work on behalf of women interested in social action and public service.
Recorded Saturday, November 07, 2009 at Northwestern University School of Law-Thorne Auditorium.