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Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

September 25, 2007

Strobe Talbott
DELAWARE, OHIO – Brookings Institution President, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, former chief correspondent for Time magazine, and native Ohioan Strobe Talbott will discuss “Why the World is Watching Ohio: American Politics in the Age of Globalization” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Talbott will speak in the Benes Rooms of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public. His speech also will be available via a live Web stream at stream.owu.edu.

“It is a particular honor to host Strobe Talbott for this year’s Eddy Memorial Lecture,” said Sean Kay, Ph.D., chair of Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program, which is sponsoring Talbott’s visit. “Strobe Talbott is one of the most prominent figures in the last several decades of American foreign policy and one of the most important contributors to our ongoing effort to understanding the global dynamics of the 21st century. We look forward to welcoming him home to Ohio on this important visit.”

Talbott has led the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution since 2002. The private nonprofit organization is devoted to conducting independent research and offering policy solutions for issues of global concern. Prior to joining the Brookings Institution, he was founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

Talbott worked in the State Department from 1993 to 2001, serving as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union and then as deputy secretary of state for seven years. Prior to his government service, he worked for 21 years as a writer and editor for Time magazine. He is the author of nine books including “Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy and the Bomb” and “The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy.” His latest book, “The Great Experiment: From Tribes to Global Nation,” is scheduled for release in January.

Talbott has also written for such publications as The New Yorker, The Economist, Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he grew up in the Cleveland area. Talbott earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in Connecticut and his master’s degree from Oxford University in England.

His speech will mark Ohio Wesleyan’s 19th annual John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics. The lecture serves as a living memorial to former student John Kennard “Jeff” Eddy, a politics and government major killed in a 1988 automobile accident.

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