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McGovern brings his perspective to ASU

February 14, 2008

George McGovern, the former U.S. senator from South Dakota who was the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, will deliver a public lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 26 in Arizona State University’s Old Main Building, Carson Ballroom, Tempe campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “America and the World in My Lifetime.”

A foreign policy scholar and long-time champion of the American farmer, McGovern was named by President Kennedy as the first director of the Food for Peace Program in 1960.

During World War II, McGovern flew 35 missions over Europe and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he returned and earned a doctorate in modern American history from Northwestern University before becoming a professor at Dakota Wesleyan University and then a two-termed congressman from South Dakota. He later served three terms as a U.S. senator. For his long distinguished service to his country, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.

McGovern is the author of several books including his most recent, “Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now.”

The lecture is presented by ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with its Department of History, Department of Political Science, and School of Justice and Social Inquiry. Other sponsors include ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Barrett, the Honors College.

Seating for the lecture is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information at, (480) 965-3524.

Carol Hughes,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences