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Annual Session speakers to offer political insight

June 04, 2012

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

San Francisco—The ADA Annual Session will give participants a chance to review the U.S. political climate just weeks before the presidential election by attending the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Robert Reich and George F. Will.

Mr. Reich

“It’s an honor to have these two distinguished speakers debate national politics less than three weeks before the 2012 elections,” said Dr. Kent Percy, general chair, Council on ADA Sessions. “Their ideas on which party should lead the nation and why generally are on opposing sides of the question, so attendees can expect a lively discussion.”

Mr. Reich and Mr. Will will sit with ADA leadership for a candid Q & A session following their introductory presentations at this Annual Session special event, Oct. 18, 8-9:30 a.m. in Moscone West, Level 1.

“Our attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions for the two speakers that will be answered during the Q & A portion of the presentation,” added Dr. Percy. “We are very excited to offer this opportunity to involve participants in a very timely interaction.”

Professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Robert Reich has served for three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under Bill Clinton. He also served on President Obama’s economic transition board. In 2008, Time magazine named him one of the 10 most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century.

Mr. Reich is the author of 14 books and more than 200 articles. He writes a weekly, nationally syndicated column for Tribune Media Services that focuses on the economy and which appears in major newspapers nationwide. His radio and television commentaries are heard frequently on public radio and CNBC. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent in Prague for his original contributions to economic thinking. In 2004, he was named one of America’s three most influential opinion leaders on business and the economy, based on a study by Accenture. In 2008, The Wall Street Journal named him one of the nation’s top 10 thought leaders.

Mr. Will
George F. Will is one of the country’s most widely read political columnists. His popular twice-weekly column for The Washington Post syndicate reaches nearly 500 newspapers throughout the United States and Europe, and he appears regularly on ABC’s “This Week.” He was a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine from 1976-2011.

In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Eight collections of Will’s Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published. He has also authored several books about major league baseball and was a member of Major League Baseball’s Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

In 1981, Will became a founding panel member on ABC television’s “This Week.” Will has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University and served as a staff member in the U.S. Senate from 1970-72. From 1973-76, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine.

The 2012 Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by Church & Dwight, the makers of ARM & HAMMER, Spinbrush and ORAJEL oral care products.

The Opening General Session will also celebrate the latest achievements by the profession and the ADA. Special honorees include Dr. Ron Lamb, the 2012 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient, and the winner (to be announced) of the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research, which is presented every three years to honor individuals who through basic or clinical research contribute to the advancement of the profession of dentistry to major improvement in the oral health of the public. The Gold Medal Award is sponsored by the American Dental Association and Church & Dwight.

This special event is free to all registered attendees. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those attending must wear their Annual Session attendance badge for admittance. For more information or to register for the Annual Session, visit