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April 12, 2007


Hepburn Fellow Jane Eisner to Deliver Commencement Convocation Address


The president's office has announced that Jane Eisner, the National Constitution Center's vice president for national programs and initiatives and a fellow of Bryn Mawr's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, will give the convocation address at this year's commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20.

Eisner, a pioneer in Philadelphia journalism, joined the National Constitution Center in January 2006 after serving in various leadership positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 25 years. At the National Constitution Center, she is responsible for creating, planning and directing national adult-oriented programs and initiatives to promote public understanding of the Constitution, its values, and relevance. Her position is crucial to the National Constitution Center ’s position as a national institution and a central player in American civic life.

Eisner is also responsible for the Center’s flagship Constitution Day programs and events. She oversees the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, an anual event whose mission is to help both professional journalists and students who aim to be professional journalists understand consitutional issues more deeply; and the Liberty Medal, an annual award given to an individual or organization that exemplifies leadership in the pursuit of liberty or freedom.

Prior to her work at the Center, Eisner was a fixture at ThePhiladelphia Inquirer for 25 years, where she served in various leadership roles including City Hall Bureau Chief, London correspondent and features editor. During her tenure as Editorial Page Editor, the editorial board initiated such features as Young Voices, Community Voices and the award-winning Citizens Voices project, and was the recipient of numerous awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. She began writing her column, “American Rhythms,” in 2000 and it appeared in major newspapers nationwide.

In addition to serving as Vice President for National Programs and Initiatives, Eisner is a senior fellow in the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania , where she is an adjunct professor in the political science department. Her book, Taking Back the Vote: Getting Youth Involved in Our Democracy, was published in 2004. In 2006-2007, Eisner was named a fellow of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center in its inaugural year at Bryn Mawr College .

Eisner is also actively involved in her community, serving as past president of the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum, a Trustee and Secretary for The Philadelphia Award, and a mentor for Philadelphia Futures, among other roles.

Eisner graduated cum laude from Wesleyan University , where she was the first woman to edit the college newspaper. She received her master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. Eisner r esides in Merion , Pa., with her husband, Mark Berger, and their three daughters.

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