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Kissinger discusses Vietnam, foreign policy with students

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger talked about the Vietnam War and conducting foreign policy in the 21st century in a question-and-answer session with 40 undergraduates in Bobst Hall on Feb. 19.

With students arrayed on couches and chairs around him, Kissinger took questions on all topics, telling the students, "Feel free to ask any question you want. There are no impolite questions."

Later he had dinner with a second group of students, where he gave a lecture. His visit was hosted by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics and the Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs after he was invited to campus by Paul Wythes, a member of the University's Board of Trustees. Several of the students who participated are junior fellows in the Madison program. Others are enrolled in a diplomacy course taught by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and in other courses at the Woodrow Wilson School.

"This was a wonderful opportunity for the students," said Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Madison Program. "In Dr. Kissinger you have someone who is not just an eminent scholar, but a historical figure in the history of diplomacy."

The full story is available in the Weekly Bulletin.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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