Former Chicago mayor to visit Harvard

Nov. 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM   |   0 comments

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CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has been selected to take part in a visiting fellowship at Harvard University, school officials said.

The fellowship will take place the week after Thanksgiving at the school's Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.

Trey Grayson, director of Harvard's Institute of Politics, said Daley will hold discussions with students and take part in public policy classes.

"We also love bringing former elected officials to campus to expose them to our students. Rather than having him just give a speech to 500 students, the fellowship allows a lot of smaller opportunities to have candid, off-the-record conversations in small groups over meals and coffee about how he got interested in politics, how he got elected, decisions he's proud of and maybe decisions he'd like to do over," Grayson said.

Daley has come under fire for his leadership by current Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, but Grayson said he isn't concerned.

"The next person is always gonna do things differently," Grayson said. "One of the things we're looking to talk to him about is: If he were still mayor, what would he be doing? Since it's off-the-record, he might say, `I'd be doing the same as Emanuel' or `I might be doing it differently.' He'll be able to deliver that kind of candor," he said.

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