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The Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture

The Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture was established by Mrs. Benjamin Leon in memory of her brother, who worked on Capitol Hill in the 1940s, first on the staff of Senator W. Warren Barbour and later for Senator Albert W. Hawkes.
Brian Lamb

C-SPAN founder and longtime CEO Brian Lamb visited Eagleton as the 2015 Lewitt Lecturer. View his public conversation with Ruth B. Mandel here.

The annual lecture, before an audience of Eagleton Institute of Politics faculty, staff, students and friends, is delivered by a current or former Member of Congress, congressional staffer or expert on Congress.
Speakers to date have included:
  • Katie Beirne Fallon, former Director of Legislative Affairs, President Obama (2016)
  • Francine Newsome Pfeiffer, Vice President for Federal Affairs, Rutgers University (2016)
  • Brian Lamb, C-SPAN Founder and Former CEO (2015)
  • Mike Emanuel, Chief Congressional Correspondent, Fox News (2014)
  • John A. Lawrence, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (2013)
  • Mike Emanuel

    2014 Lewitt Lecturer Mike Emanuel speaks about his career path from Rutgers student to Chief Congressional Correspondent at Fox News.  Watch his remarks online here.

  • Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (2012)
  • Congressmen Rush Holt and Leonard Lance (2011)
  • Lona Valmoro, Special Assistant to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (2010)
  • John A. Lawrence, Chief of Staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (2008)
  • Congressional Scholars Thomas E. Mann, Brookings
    Institution and Norman J. Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (2007)
  • Ann Lewis, National Democratic Party Leader and Strategist (2006)
  • John Lawrence

    Former congressional staffer John A. Lawrence spoke about the Affordable Health Care act as the 2013 Lewitt Lecturer. Watch his remarks online here.

  • Marie Cocco, Newsday Washington Correspondent and Syndicated Columnist (2005)
  • Senator Jon Corzine (2002)
  • Adam Clymer, The New York Times Washington Correspondent (2000)
  • Congressman John Lewis (1999)
  • Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (1997)
  • Congresswoman Marge Roukema (1995)
  • Congressman Robert Menendez (1994)
  • Patrick Kennedy with Nancy Herman

    2012 Lewitt Lecturer Congressman Patrick Kennedy is pictured with Nancy Herman, niece of program benefactor Albert W. Lewitt.  Watch his remarks online here.

  • Congressman Robert Franks (1993)
  • Congressman Robert Torricelli (1992)
  • Congressional Staffers and Eagleton Institute Alumni Lyle Dennis, David Evans, Walt Sanders and Laurie Carroll (1991)
  • Senator Frank Lautenberg (1989)
  • Congressman Jim Courter (1988)
  • Senator Bill Bradley (1987)