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'Conversation with James Baker' set for April 13

"A Conversation with James Baker," a talk with the former U.S. secretary of state, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in McCosh 10.

Baker, a member of Princeton's class of 1952, held senior positions under three presidents. He was secretary of state from 1989 to 1992 under the first President Bush, serving as America's chief diplomat at the end of the Cold War and during the collapse of communism. In the last several months of Bush's presidency, Baker served as White House chief of staff and senior counselor.

Under President Reagan, Baker was chief of staff, secretary of the treasury and chair of the President's Economic Policy Council. He also served in the Ford administration as undersecretary of commerce. Baker led the presidential campaigns of Ford, Reagan and Bush in five elections from 1976 to 1992.

Baker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and has won many other awards for distinguished public service, including Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Award. He is a former member of the University's Board of Trustees.

Baker is honorary chair of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and has served in recent years as a special envoy for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the current President Bush on international issues.

The talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs as part of a series of events celebrating the school's 75th anniversary.

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