Nobel Peace Prize winner to discuss world events, diplomacy at event

Henry Kissinger to speak at Westmont luncheon

Staff Report | Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:50 am

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is scheduled to discuss world events and diplomacy at a Westmont-sponsored luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, 1281 Channel Drive in Santa Barbara.

The reception begins at 11 a.m. and the luncheon concludes by 2 p.m. Tickets, $1,500 per person, can be purchased at www.westmont.edu/kissinger. For more information, call 565-7256.

At 90 years old, Kissinger, who served as Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, remains an influential public figure whose opinion on foreign policy is still sought by American presidents, Secretary of States and other world leaders.

Founder and chairman of international consulting firm Kissinger Associates, he served as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in 1985. Later, he served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department, and the Defense Policy Board since 2001.

Kissinger graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 and received a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954. He won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 1977 and the Medal of Liberty, given to 10 foreign-born American leaders in 1986.

Born in Germany, Kissinger came to the U.S. in 1938 and became a naturalized American citizen in 1943. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946. He taught on the faculty at Harvard University in both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs from 1954 until 1969, and he directed the Harvard International Seminar from 1952 to 1969.

Kissinger has written several memoirs and more than a dozen books on foreign policy, including “On China” (2011), “Does America Need a Foreign Policy?” (2001) “Diplomacy” (1994), “A World Restored” (1973) and “American Foreign Policy: Three essays” (1969). His first memoir, “The White House Years” (1979), won a National Book Award.