Knock to Speak on Presidential Politics and Foreign Policy

The Department of History will host a speaker on the life of Sen. George McGovern.


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WHAT: Speaker Thomas Knock will present "Presidential Politics and Foreign Policy: The Life and Times of Sen. George McGovern."

The lecture is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session with Knock will follow the talk.

Knock is the author of "The Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern" and "To End All Wars: Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order." He is the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University.

Sen. George McGovern, a Democrat from South Dakota, was one of the most outspoken critics of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He ran as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate against President Richard Nixon in 1972.

The talk is sponsored by the Texas Tech University Department of History, the Texas Tech Institute for Peace and Conflict and Tech Student Democrats.

WHEN: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3)

WHERE: International Cultural Center auditorium, 601 Indiana Ave.

CONTACT: Justin Hart, associate professor and associate chair, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University,

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