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2000: Derek Shearer and Ruth Goldway

Fellows in Residence

Derek Shearer
Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence
Former Ambassador to Finland

Ruth Goldway
Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence
Member, United States Postal Rate Commission

Derek Shearer visited Furman's campus from October 30 - November 2, 2000 as a Riley Institute Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence.  He delivered an address, "The Third Way: Evaluating the Clinton Administration " on Tuesday, October 31, 2000 at 7:30 pm in Burgiss Theatre.  Ruth Goldway also visited Furman's campus from October 30 - November 2, 2000 as a Riley Institute Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence.  She delivered an address, "Women in Politics," on Tuesday, October 31, 2000 in Johns Hall. 

About Derek Shearer

Shearer is a California native who graduated from Yale University, where he concentrated on Russian and Chinese politics and history. He worked as a journalist and editor for several years before earning his Ph.D. in public policy at the Union Graduate School. He taught economics, international relations and public policy at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA and at Occidental College in Los Angeles and with his wife, Ruth Goldway. He was active in Democratic Party politics and policy-making in California for two decades. Additionally, he served as a policy advisor to the presidential campaigns of Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis, and then as senior advisor to the first Clinton campaign, where he coauthored the "Putting People First" program. He was appointed Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce in 1993 and in 1994 U.S. Ambassador to Finland, serving for three years. As ambassador he devised the administration's regional policy for the Nordic-Baltic area and managed the Clinton-Yeltsin summit in 1997. After returning to the United States, he became a senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute. He is currently on leave as professor of international affairs and public policy at Occidental College, a public scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington and a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore.

About Ruth Goldway

Ruth Goldway, a native of New York, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in English literature from Wayne State University. With expertise in public relations and consumer affairs, she has served as executive director of the California Public Policy Center and the Center for New Priorities, and as director of public affairs at the E.H.P. Corporation, California State University at Los Angeles and the J. Paul Getty Trust. She was elected mayor of Santa Monica, California, in 1979, where she initiated civic reforms including urban redevelopment, neighborhood planning councils and a consumer affairs bureau. As a diplomatic spouse in Finland, she emphasized her interests in Finnish art, design and architecture, and authored a memoir of her experiences. She was appointed to the U.S. Postal Rate Commission by President Clinton in 1998.