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U.S. SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY MICHAEL CHERTOFF United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will address the state of our nation’s homeland security and the challenges that lie ahead for President-elect Barack Obama’s new administration on Thursday, December 4, at 9 a.m. in Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre. Secretary Chertoff, an Elizabeth, N.J. native, has served as the nation’s chief security officer since 2005. He has overseen a massive reorganization of the department, which employs more than 90,000 people. Secretary Chertoff’s office has a broad range of responsibilities, ranging from national security to border patrol to disaster response. Secretary Chertoff’s distinguished career in public service includes serving as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. Secretary Chertoff also spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. The Final Installments of Issues ’08 As the 2009 presidential election approached, Kean University’s Issues ’08 lecture series reached its conclusion. While this historic election forever changed the political landscape of the United States, the final installments of Issues ’08 have helped shed light on what the election’s outcome means for New Jersey and our nation. On October 6, Kean’s own Terry Golway, of the John Kean Center of American History, moderated the panel discussion, Political Firsts in New Jersey, at Liberty Hall Museum. Other panelists included Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre, assistant professor of history at Kean, Barbara Salmore, an author and political scientist and George Richardson, a pioneering African-American politician in New Jersey since the 1960s. Dr. James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, delivered some sobering facts about the state of our economy in his lecture, New Jersey’s Changing Demographics, on October 28. Dr. Hughes examined specific challenges facing New Jersey during this economic crisis and discussed how New Jersey’s changing population would influence voting patterns. The series concluded with Dissecting the Results on November 12. Jim McQueeny, host of News 12 New Jersey’s Power and Politics, engaged a distinguished panel in an extensive conversation on the results of the election, the dramatic shift in power and its impact on the American people. Panel members included Terry Golway, Paul Mulshine, a columnist with The Star-Ledger, Max Pizzaro, of, and Brigid Harrison, a professor of political science at Montclair State University. Be convinced. Click here to learn how the economy and new media influenced the election’s outcome. KEANFOCUS • VOLUME 1, ISSUE 7 Page 2

C elebrate this holiday season in historic fashion with Liberty Hall Museum’s 50 Years of the 20th Century holiday extravaganza. During the month of December, Liberty Hall will transform the first floor of the museum into a time machine where visitors will journey through five rooms of the mansion to discover the decorative styles of bygone eras. INSIDE LIBERTY HALL’S TREASURE CHEST Begin your tour in the 1910s, where guests discover holiday traditions of the Edwardian period. Proceed into the 1920s to hear about prohibition and learn to dance the Charleston. In the 1930s, radio was sweeping the nation. Step back in time and enjoy the nostalgia created by classic radio programs and Christmas specials of the past. Enter the 1940s, as Liberty Hall staff magically recreate life on the homefront during World War II. Finally, end your tour in the 1950s, where visitors learn how the ever-popular television transformed the holiday season for years to come. Liberty Hall will host several additional activities throughout December. GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP Saturdays, December 6 & 13, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 1:30 p.m. $15 per child and includes all workshop materials. CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT WORKSHOP Sunday, December 7, 10 a.m. to noon $4 per child and includes all workshop materials. Block Quilt This lovely block quilt was handstitched circa 1800 by Margaret Taylor Van Nest, the grandmother to Liberty Hall Museum’s last matriarch, protector and visionary - Mary Alice Barney Kean. The quilt features a black satin border with interior blocks composed of fabric pieces from 19th century wedding gowns, baby clothes, men’s ties and party dresses. The black velvet patches give the quilt a threedimensional appeal. Visit Liberty Hall Museum to view this treasure and to discover the many styles that shaped our nation’s fashion industry. CHRISTMAS OF YESTERYEAR: CANDLELIGHT TOURS Saturdays, December 13 & 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $8, students with valid ID $5, children 12 and up $4, and museum members free. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TEA December 10 and 17, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $30 per person. Set in the decorative Carriage House, guests enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream, jams and choice of two teas. Following the tea, guests tour the museum and view a special exhibit, The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining. Reservations are required for all Liberty Hall events. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400, e-mail or visit KEANFOCUS • VOLUME 1, ISSUE 7 Page 3

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