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Public invited to special session of the World Forum on the Future of Democracy

Tickets will be available next week for people interested in attending the public session of the World Forum on the Future of Democracy.flyer

The session, “The Future of Democracy: Why does it matter?” will be hosted by Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. The event will held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2007 in Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall. The doors to William and Mary Hall will open at 4:30 p.m. The session is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.

Tickets for the general public will be distributed Wednesday (Sept. 12), Thursday (Sept. 13) and Friday (Sept. 14) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ticket office in William and Mary Hall on Ukrop Way in Williamsburg.

Tickets for William and Mary faculty, staff and students will be distributed this Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 11 and 12) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Center Information Desk. Faculty, staff and students will need to show identification.

The Jim Lehrer program on Sept. 17 is part of a three-day program of the World Forum on the Future of Democracy. The conference, which is the culminating event of the year-long International Conference Series on the Future of Democracy and a Signature Event of America’s 400th Anniversary, will be held Sept. 16-18 in Williamsburg, Va. The three-day event will bring together noted scholars on democracy, government officials, political practitioners, advocates and commentators from around the world to examine the global advance of democracy, the challenges that emerging democracies face, and democracy’s prospects for the future.

The conference is being hosted by the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, Jamestown 2007, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William and Mary. For a listing of participants and panels, and for the most updated information on the World Forum on the Future of Democracy Conference, as well as for press registration, please visit

For more information on how to obtain tickets to the conference’s Sept. 17 public event at William and Mary Hall, please contact Cheryl Corvello at 757-221-1159.