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Former attorney general of Alaska to speak at Whitworth's annual Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 17

September 3, 2009

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The Whitworth University 2009 Constitution Day Lecture will feature a lecture by Talis Colberg, J.D., Ph.D., who served as Alaska's attorney general from 2006-09, and is now mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, in Alaska. Colberg will present "Poets, Teachers, Turkeys and Constitutions," on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

Earlier this year, Colberg was elected mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which is about the size of Pennsylvania and includes three cities: Houston, Palmer and Wasilla. He was appointed attorney general by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2006.

Colberg, a life-long Alaskan, graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, in 1979 with a B.A. in Oriental history. In 1983, he earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University. In 2008, he completed a Ph.D. in northern political history & culture at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

From 1984-85, Colberg was an associate attorney at the law firm Kopperud & Hefferan in Wasilla, Alaska. From 1985-92, he served as staff counsel to The Travelers Insurance Companies. Since 1992, he has owned his own law practice and has been an adjunct history instructor at Matanuska-Susitna College, where he teaches Eastern and Western civilization.

Constitution Day is a federally recognized national celebration of the signing of the United States' government's founding document. The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, by the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,700 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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