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Former US Ambassador to give Kent Foundation Day Lecture

Sir Christopher Meyer, former Ambassador to the United States during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies, will give the University of Kent’s Foundation Day lecture on Thursday 22 November at 6.30pm.

The lecture is to be held on Foundation Day, which celebrates the University's many achievements since receiving its Royal Charter in 1965.

Taking place at Woolf College Lecture theatre on the Canterbury campus, the lecture, titled ‘The Lessons of History’, will explore the importance of history to contemporary foreign policy and the dangers of not learning from the past. The lecture is free to attend and open to the public.

Sir Christopher has been the Press Secretary to Prime Minister John Major, Foreign Office Spokesman and speech writer to three Foreign Secretaries. He was Ambassador to Germany and was posted in Russia, Spain and the European Union in Brussels. Sir Christopher was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1998.

Sir Christopher is also an honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and a 2010 Morehead-Cain Professor at the University of North Carolina. He is now a regular television, radio and newspaper commentator on international affairs and the media. He has published works such as DC Confidential (2005), a memoir of his time in the Diplomatic Service, and Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: the Inside Story of British Diplomacy (2009). Sir Christopher Meyer has also recently broadcast The Watchdog and the Feral Beast documentary series for BBC Radio 4 and Networks of Power for Sky Atlantic.



Contact: k.scoggins@kent.ac.uk

Story published at 1:19pm 21 November 2012

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