Exhibition marks diplomat Kennan's centennial

Oct. 30, 2003 11:03 a.m.

Like many students who graduate from college, George Kennan wasn't sure what he wanted to do after earning his bachelor's degree in history from Princeton in 1925. He decided to enter the foreign service, attributing his decision primarily to "the feeling that I did not know what else to do."

Kennan 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.

An exhibition marking Kennan's 100th birthday will go on display Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Main Exhibition Gallery of Firestone Library. The opening will include a 3 p.m. lecture by Kennan's official biographer and a reception

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