Henry Kissinger To Visit Univ of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: OU Public Affairs, (405) 325-1701
NORMAN – Henry A. Kissinger, internationally noted diplomat and political scientist who served as the 56th Secretary of State of the United States and later was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, will participate in a dinner and fireside chat Wednesday, March 9, at the University of Oklahoma.
“No American diplomat has played a larger role than Henry Kissinger during the last half of the 20thcentury,” said OU President David L. Boren. “His visit to OU will give our university family a rare opportunity to hear a firsthand report on important historic events and policy decisions as well as a wise perspective on current events.”
Kissinger was sworn in as Secretary of State on Sept. 22, 1973, a position he held until Jan. 20, 1977.  While serving as Secretary of State, he also served as assistant to the president for National Security Affairs, a position to which he was appointed on Jan. 20, 1969, and held until Nov. 3, 1975.
Kissinger played a dominant role in U.S. foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union. He also helped orchestrate the opening of relations with the People’s Republic of China and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, which ended American involvement in the Vietnam War.
After leaving his post as Secretary of State, Kissinger continued his public service career, holding a variety of high-profile advisory positions, including as chair of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America from July 1983 until the commission was dismantled in January 1985. He also was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1984 to 1990 and of the Commission on Integrated Long-term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department from 1986 to 1988. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board of the Department of Defense since 2001.
Kissinger currently is chairman of the consulting firm Kissinger Associates Inc.  He is a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a counselor to and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an honorary governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an honor member of the International Olympic Committee.  He also serves on the boards of a number of corporations, is a trustee emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a director of the International Rescue Committee, an organization founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein that works in more than 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to help solve some of the world’s most challenging humanitarian crises and help people survive and rebuild their lives.
A prolific author of articles on U.S. foreign policy, international affairs and diplomatic history, he also has written several books on topics ranging from nuclear weapons and foreign policy to the White House, from diplomacy to the Vietnam War. His column, syndicated by Tribune Media Services International, appears in leading U.S. newspapers and in more than 40 foreign countries.
Kissinger is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, which was awarded to him for his help in establishing a ceasefire and U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam; the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977; and the Medal of Liberty, given one time to 10 foreign-born American leaders, in 1986.  In 2006, Kissinger received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution.
Born in Fuerth, Germany, Kissinger came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on June 19, 1943. He earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude at Harvard College and his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard University.
After earning his doctorate, Kissinger served on the faculties of the Department of Government and Center for International Affairs faculties at Harvard University from 1954 to 1969. He has served in a number of other academic positions, including as chancellor of the College of William and Mary from 2001 to 2005.
Seating is available for OU students, faculty and staff, with limited overflow seating available to the public. For reservations, more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the OU Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784.

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