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    Dukakis to Discuss Health Care at Pacific: Former Governor and Presidential Candidate is considered one of the foremost experts on the subject

    Jan 12, 2010

    Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic Party nominee for president, will discuss health care in United States during a 90-minute lecture at University of the Pacific's Stockton campus. Dukakis has spent the last two decades lecturing and writing about political leadership in health care policy in the U.S. and is considered one of the foremost experts in the field.

    Michael DukakisDukakis' visit is sponsored by Pacific's Legal Scholars Program, an undergraduate course plan for those who are interested in law. The lecture will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. It is free and open to the public. Questions will be taken from the audience during part of the lecture.

    "We are honored that Michael Dukakis, one of the most recognizable political figures in the past few decades, has chosen Pacific to talk about a subject that he has devoted much of his career to," said Provost Phil Gilbertson. "His appearance at Pacific couldn't come at a better time as the national health care debate dominates the headlines and the political arena in Washington."

    Dukakis, 76, was the governor of Massachusetts when he won the Democratic nomination for the Presidency in 1988. He was defeated by George H. Bush and left office in 1991 after choosing not to run for governor for a fourth term.

    In 1991, Dukakis served as a visiting professor in the political science department at the University of Hawaii's School of Public Health. He taught courses in political leadership and health policy and led a series of public forums on the reform of the nation's health care system.

    His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. He wrote articles on the subject for the "Journal of American Health Policy," the "Yale Law and Policy Review," the "New England Journal of Medicine," and "Compensation and Benefits Management." In addition, he co-taught a graduate seminar in national health policy reform that included a series of public forums and an all-day conference that culminated in the publication of "Insuring American Health for the Year 2000," a Northeastern University publication that has been distributed widely to health policy makers, legislators and others.

    Since 1991, Dukakis has been a visiting professor at Northeastern University's political science department, and also has taught in the senior executive program for State and Local managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also taught for the past three years at Florida Atlantic University and served as a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University and the University of California at Los Angeles, where he currently is working.

    He is an army veteran and Harvard Law School graduate. His political career started in 1960 as an elected Town Meeting member in Brookline, Mass. He was elected to four terms in the Massachusetts legislature from1962 to 1970. He was elected governor of the state in 1974, lost in 1978 but was re-elected in 1982 and 1986. In 1986 his colleagues in the National Governors Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation.

    Besides the lecture, Dukakis also will speak to a small group of students in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program. His wife, Kitty, will accompany him to campus and will speak separately to a group of psychology students about therapy, addiction and other subjects of interest to her. Kitty Dukakis wrote the book "Now You Know" about her battles with alcoholism and "Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy" about her treatment for clinical depression.