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Le Moyne College Hosts a Conversation with Former Presidential Candidate George McGovern

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a conversation with former Democratic presidential candidate George S. McGovern on Mon., Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium.

George McGovern has had a long and distinguished career in public service, serving as a representative, senator, ambassador, and Democratic presidential nominee.

McGovern was first elected to Congress in 1956 and was reelected in 1958. President John F. Kennedy named him the first director of the Food for Peace Program and Special Assistant to the President in 1961. In this position he oversaw the donation of millions of tons of food to developing nations, and helped create the World Food Program.

McGovern was then elected to the Senate in 1962 and reelected in 1968 and 1974. As a member of the Senate committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, Foreign Relations, and the Joint Economic Committee, he led the way in expanding key domestic nutrition programs.

Following his bid for the presidency in 1972, McGovern was named by President Gerald Ford as a United Nations delegate to the General Assembly and, in1978, President Jimmy Carter named him a United Nations delegate for the Special Session on Disarmament. He served as United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, appointed by President Clinton, where he took a lead role in promoting feeding children in school around the world.

A World War II fighter pilot and war hero, McGovern will long be remembered for his courage in speaking out against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He is a major subject of historian Stephen Ambrose’s book, “A Band of Brothers.”

Last year, Senator McGovern and Senator Bob Dole were awarded the prestigious World Food Prize for their work to reach “millions of the world’s poorest children, especially girls” with school feeding and better nutrition.

Following his talk, McGovern will sign copies of his new book, “Abraham Lincoln,” which is part of the Time-Life book series on American presidents. The event is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies at Le Moyne and is free and open to the public.


posted on: 9/8/2009