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Ted Kennedy to speak in McConnell Center event

January 11th, 2006

Veteran U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, one of America’s most visible Democratic leaders, will speak at the University of Louisville on Monday, Jan. 30.

His talk will begin at 11 a.m. in the Brown & Williamson Club at the university’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. His topic is still to be announced.

U of L’s McConnell Center, which has brought Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and other prominent leaders to speak on campus in recent years, organized Kennedy’s visit. Plans call for Kennedy to be introduced by the center’s namesake, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the Senate for more than 40 years. He was elected in 1962 to finish the final two years of the Senate term of his brother, John F. Kennedy, who was elected president in 1960. Since then, he has served seven full Senate terms and is the second most senior member of the Senate.

He also is ranking member of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Judiciary, and Armed Services committees and belongs to the Congress Joint Economic Committee.

The non-partisan McConnell Center, founded in 1991, attracts students from around the state and grooms them for effective leadership. Its lecture series is designed to introduce students to top political, government and academic leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds.

A limited number of tickets to the event will be open to the public. Request a ticket. Requests will be added to a waiting list.

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