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Librarian of Congress to speak, March 27

of Congress James Billington, a 1950 Princeton graduate, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. His address is titled "A Christian View of History."

Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress in 1987. He has championed the librarys extension of its outreach efforts to the nation by digitizing and putting online, free of charge, 5 million of its most important primary documents of American history. He created the librarys first national private sector support group, the James Madison Council.

The author of several books about Russia, Billington created and became chair of the Open World Russia Leadership Progam in 1999. The Congressional initiative brought 3,650 emerging young Russian political leaders from all parts of the Russian Federation to the United States for intensive exposure to free market democracy at the local level.

He is a recipient of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Award. His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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