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Kennan biographer to speak, Nov. 9

John Lewis Gaddis, the official biographer of George Kennan, will speak at an opening lecture for the Firestone Library exhibition marking the centennial of the former diplomat's birth at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in 101 McCormick. A reception will follow in the library's Main Exhibition Gallery.

"The Life and Times of George F. Kennan: A Centennial Exhibition" will run through April 18 in the library. It showcases the life of Kennan, a 1925 Princeton graduate who went on to pursue a long and distinguished career as a diplomat and historian. He is most renowned as the author of the "Long Telegram," which ranks in the annals of U.S. foreign policy documents with Washington's Farewell Address, the Monroe Doctrine and Wilson's Fourteen Points. The Feb. 22, 1946, message to Secretary of State James Byrnes advocated for a new approach to U.S.-Soviet relations that profoundly influenced the direction of American foreign policy in the aftermath of World War II and helped to define the terms of the Cold War.

Gaddis, the Robert Lovett Professor of History and Political Science at Yale University, was handpicked by Kennan to tell his life story. An expert on the Cold War, Gaddis has written several acclaimed books on the topic and has been working on the Kennan volume for many years.

The event is sponsored by the Council of the Friends of the Library and the University Library . It is free and open to the public.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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