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Watergate figure John Dean to speak at Indiana State Oct. 4

September 26, 2011

John Dean, author and former legal counsel to President Richard Nixon, will take the stage Oct. 4 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium in conjunction with the University Speakers Series. During his presentation, "The 40th anniversary of Watergate," he will examine what we have learned since the events of 1972.

Before becoming counsel to the president in 1970 at age 31, Dean was chief minority counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, associate director of the National Commission on Reform of the Federal Criminal Laws and associate deputy attorney general. He served as Nixon's White House lawyer for 1,000 days. Caught up in the Watergate scandal, he pleaded guilty to a single felony count of obstruction of justice in exchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution, resulting in a four-month prison sentence served at Fort Holabird outside Baltimore. He recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, "Blind Ambition" and "Lost Honor."

Dean, an Ohio native, did his undergraduate studies at Colgate University and the College of Wooster, majoring in English literature and political science. He received a graduate fellowship from American University to study government and the presidency, before entering Georgetown University Law Center, where he received his JD. He pursued post-graduate studies in business and finance.

After a career in private investment banking, Dean retired to write and lecture, and has addressed the law, government and politics in a string of best-sellers, including "Worse than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush," "Conservatives without Conscience" and "Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches." Most recently he has reissued his 1976 book "Blind Ambition" to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate with a substantial new afterword.

Dean is currently working on a new book, while also regularly doing television and radio commentary.

A book signing and reception will follow Dean's presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Now in its 31st season, the University Speakers Series has brought the likes of Ralph Nadar, Gerald Ford, Sister Helen Prejean, Amy Tan, Nancy Grace, Andy Rooney, Robert Ballard, Carole Simpson, Marlee Matlin, Maya Angelou, Jim Lovell, Garrison Keillor, Bob Woodward, Robert Osborne, Mitch Albom and Andrew Young to the campus of Indiana State.

More information about the 2011-12 University Speakers Series can be found at  or by calling 812-237-3783.

Media contact and writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or