Anthony Lake Kicks Off Spring Semester's Focus On U.S. Foreign Intervention and Human Rights at Mount Holyoke College

For immediate release
January 20, 2000


Lake Lecture to be Held February 10 at 7:30 PM at Gamble Auditorium

SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts--As humanitarian crises--such as those in Somalia, Haiti and Kosovo in recent years--continue to unfold around the globe, questions surrounding foreign intervention increasingly confront American citizens and international policy makers. With Chechnya and other global hot-spots serving as the backdrop, Mount Holyoke will host a series of lectures and symposia entitled U.S. Foreign Interventions: Human Rights and National Interest. The events, which are sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College, will get under way with a lecture by Anthony Lake on February 10.

Launching the series, Lake, a former Mount Holyoke professor who served as President Clinton's national security adviser from 1992 to 1996, will present a keynote address on "Foreign Humanitarian Intervention: Which Children to Save?" on the evening of February 10 on the Mount Holyoke campus. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 PM in Gamble Auditorium. Gamble is wheelchair accessible.

Anthony Lake
An active member of foreign policy circles since 1962, when he joined the U.S. Foreign Service, Lake has extensive State Department experience. He has devoted almost four decades of his life to international relations and to fostering a better understanding of U.S. involvement in foreign affairs. He has been teaching since 1981, after serving in the Carter administration as head of the State Department's policy-planning operation. Lake is the former Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke, where he taught from 1984 to 1993. Currently, he is teaching at Georgetown University.

Inaugurated in May of 1999, the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership advances college-wide initiatives that engage students critically with important problems; foster their commitment to public and civic life; build their abilities to analyze, argue, and promote their views; and increase women's preparation to take action and bring about positive change.

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