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Shepherd University's Scarborough Society will sponsor a program featuring Susan Mills, Emmy award-winning producer with "The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Scarborough Library reading room as part of its free lecture series.

Mills will lead a discussion titled "From the News Room to the White House: The Changing Role of Women in the Workplace." The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

Mills began her career at CBS News, where she served as a foreign affairs producer covering Central American countries. During that time, she also produced the innovative and award-winning children's programs "In the News" and "30 Minutes."

In 1983, Mills joined "The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" on PBS. As a foreign affairs producer specializing in Latin America and the Philippines, she covered breaking news pertaining to the Falklands War and the war in El Salvador, the rise of the Sandinistas in Managua, drug running in Bolivia and the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in Manila.

Her reporting and programming work have earned Mills four Emmy awards and ten Emmy nominations, along with a George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. DuPont Award, Ohio State University's Journalism Award, and the Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. A graduate of Wells College, Mills now directs new programming initiatives for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions on cable, network television, and other media outlets, with an extensive focus on America's First Ladies. Recent productions include "Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime," "Lady Bird Johnson," and "Betty Ford: The Real Deal."

Mills suggests that while women all over the world have made advances in their careers, the position of First Lady seems not to have changed at all. In this presentation, she will discuss feminism and how it relates to the role of women in the workplace, with a special emphasis on how America views the role of the first lady.

The Scarborough Society is a friends of the library organization sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation. Annual membership dues help support library acquisitions, technology, and programs. Membership is open to all interested supporters of the Scarborough Library.

For information about the lecture series or the Scarborough Society, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397, or visit www.shepherd.edu/fndtnweb/scarborough_society/.