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Senator John Kerry Launched Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series
United States Senator John Kerry kicked off the 2006-2007 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 18, 2006. The lecture was open to the University community and local community alike.
Senator Kerry, born in Colorado and reared in Massachusetts, graduated with a BA in political science from Yale University in 1966. After two tours of service in Vietnam, he earned a JD degree from Boston College Law School. He served as a county prosecutor and as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts before he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984. For 19 of his senatorial years he has served on the Foreign Relations Committee. In 2004, he was the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States. Senator Kerry continues to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, and is also a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Each year, Seaver College Dean David Baird selects five or more nationally renowned speakers to come to the University and give a 30-minute lecture followed by a 15-minute question and answer period. Paid for by the Seaver Board of Visitors and the Seaver Parents Association, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series provides Pepperdine students, faculty, staff, and the Malibu community the opportunity to hear a variety of outstanding national scholars and professionals who are exceptional examples in their field. Senator Kerry is the first lecturer of the 2006-2007 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.