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May 2, 2007

National Archives Holds an "American Conversation" with Rep. Tom Lantos June 28

Rescheduled from May 3 - A view on global affairs from the Congressional Majority

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an "American Conversation" with Congressman Tom Lantos, Chair of the House of Representativesí Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. The Archivist will also be discussing the Congressman’s extraordinary life in Europe and America. This is the second “American Conversation” with distinguished foreign policy experts, the first was with Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, on March 15.

Congressman Lantos was first elected to Congress in November 1980 and is serving his thirteenth term in office. He was born in Budapest, Hungary and was 16 years old when Nazi Germany occupied his native country. He is the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. After the war, he was awarded an academic scholarship to study in the United States. He received a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and later earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his service in Congress, he was a professor of economics, an international affairs analyst for public television, and a consultant to a number of businesses.

The “American Conversations” series is part of the National Archives’ public programs and focuses on American history and identity. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lynne Cheney, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, and historian John Hope Franklin were among those featured in previous programs, which may be viewed on the National Archives web site.

Events in this series are held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW and fully accessible. All programs in the “American Conversations” series are free and open to the public. Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured.

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For press information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at: 202-357-5300.

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