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Thatcher adviser to present ‘Portrait of Iron Lady’ during Alfred University talk

Alfred University welcomes British author John Blundell on Thursday, Nov. 11 who will present “Margaret Thatcher: Portrait of an Iron Lady” at 7 p.m. in Susan Howell Hall.

Blundell, an English native who was an adviser to Thatcher throughout her political career, will discuss his biography of one of England’s most noteworthy prime ministers.

The program is free and open to the public.
Educated at the King’s School in Macciesfield and the London School of Economics, Blundell has served as a London councilman; president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation; president of the Board of the Congressional Schools of Virginia; president of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; and Director General of Europe’s Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) from 1993-2009. In December 2009 he became IEA’s Distinguished Senior Fellow and is a Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Blundell received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom in March 2010 and is slated to receive another such honor this month from the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala.

Blundell recently completed the manuscript for a new book with the working title of “Ladies For Liberty — Twenty Women Who Changed American History,” which will be published in 2011.

This event is co-sponsored by the Alfred University Women’s Leadership Center and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.