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NBC’s Tim Russert will give HLS Class Day address, Shine is named HST graduation speaker

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Tim Russert, NBC political analyst and Meet the Press moderator, will deliver Harvard Law School’s 2000 Class Day address on Wednesday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m. on the steps of Langdell Hall, 1545 Massachusetts Ave.

“I am very excited that Tim Russert has accepted [our invitation] to be the Class Day Speaker,” said Class Marshal Logan Smith ’00. “I think he will be entertaining and provide an insightful perspective.”

In addition to hosting Meet the Press since 1991, Russert serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News, anchors a weekly program on CNBC, and hosts the Fred Friendly Seminars on PBS.

Prior to joining NBC in 1984, Russert served as counselor in the New York Governor’s office and as special counsel in the U.S. Senate. He graduated from John Carroll University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

Recent Class Day speakers have included Attorney General Janet Reno, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, former Attorney General Elliot Richardson, and presidential adviser David Gergen.

Kenneth I. Shine ’57, president of the Institute of Medicine and professor of medicine emeritus at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, will be the graduation speaker for the Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). The ceremony will take place on Monday, June 5, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Memorial Drive, Cambridge.

A cardiologist and physiologist, Shine received his A.B from Harvard College in 1957 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1961. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and held an appointment as an assistant professor of medicine at HMS before moving to UCLA in 1971.

Shine’s involvement with the HST program includes membership on the Division’s Visiting Committee. He is the UCLA School of Medicine’s immediate past dean and provost for medical sciences. He is currently a clinical professor of medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. His research interests include metabolic events in the heart muscle, the relation of behavior to heart disease, and emergency medicine.