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Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series

Former Ambassador Donald McHenry to Speak 
Nov. 17, 2022

Donald McHenry
Donald McHenry

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Former U.S. representative to the United Nations Donald McHenry will speak at the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series, co-hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University and McHenry’s alma mater Illinois State University on Thursday, Nov. 17.

McHenry will be giving a preview of his remarks during a masterclass presentation at 3 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University. McHenry will speak at the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall at Illinois State University at 7 p.m.

After graduating from ISU in 1957, McHenry went on to serve as ambassador and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Cabinet from September 1979 to January 1981. He was the principal negotiator for the United States when a Soviet airliner carrying Russian ballerina Lyudmila Vlasova was prevented from taking off by Port Authority Police.

McHenry holds a number of board and trustee positions in nongovernmental organizations, including chairman of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Fund; director of the Institute for International Education; the American Ditchley Foundation; the American Assembly; and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. He is trustee emeritus of Columbia University and the Mayo Foundation and is chairman emeritus of Africare.

The Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series — which is part of the Presidential Speaker Series — is named after Bloomington native Adlai E. Stevenson II, former Illinois governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. This event brings innovative and enlightening speakers to campuses to foster community and conversation around the appreciation of learning. 


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