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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Former British Prime Minister to speak at Yale


NEW HAVEN — Former British Prime Minister John Major will speak at Yale University on Nov. 30.
Major’s talk, "Fantasy to Reality: The World that Lies Ahead," is part of the George Herbert Walker Jr. Lecture in International Studies.
It is free and open to the public.
Major, shown, served as prime minister from 1990 to 1997, during the Persian Gulf War and led the United Kingdom during the start of the Northern Ireland peace process.
His successor, Tony Blair, taught a course at Yale on faith and globalization. Major retired from Parliament in 2001. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Major a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, England’s highest award for chivalry.
Major’s lecture will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 30 in Henry R. Luce Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
It is sponsored by the MacMillan Center and the Center for the Study of Globalization.
George Herbert Walker III, known as Bert, is former U.S. ambassador to Hungary and first cousin to former President George H.W. Bush, established the lecture series in 1986 in memory of his father, a member of the Yale class of 1927.
Bert Walker is a member of the class of 1953.
Other lecturers in the series have included George Schultz, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Madeleine Albright, George Mitchell and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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