Former Secretary of State James Baker to speak at Westminster College

Monday, September 13, 2010 | 6:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A limited number of tickets are available to the public for this year’s John Findley Green Foundation Lecture at Westminster College, featuring keynote speaker James Baker, according to a Westminster news release.

Baker, who is a former U.S. secretary of state and treasury secretary, is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Champ Auditorium at Westminster College, the release said. His address, titled “The Case for Pragmatic Idealism,” is the centerpiece of Westminster’s fifth annual Symposium on Democracy.

Some past Green Lecture speakers

1946 — Winston Churchill, former prime minister of Great Britain

1949 — J.C. Penney, merchant

1954 — Harry S. Truman, former president of the United States

1962 — Harry Luce, former editor in chief of Time

1966 — Kim Jong-pil, former prime minister of South Korea

1967 — Hubert Humphrey, former vice president of the United States

1977 — Gerald Ford, former president of the United States

1980 — Griffin Bell, former attorney general of the United States

1986 — George H.W. Bush, former president of the United States

1992 — Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union

1996 — Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain

2003 — Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate

Source: Westminster College website

Baker has held governmental positions under three presidents. He served as Gerald Ford's undersecretary of commerce; Ronald Reagan's secretary of treasury and chief of staff; and George H.W. Bush's secretary of state, chief of staff and counselor. He is a published author, has received national honors such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and now works at a law firm in Houston.

The Green Lecture began in 1936 as a memorial to an 1884 Westminster graduate, John Findley Green. Its speakers are meant to be people of "international reputation" and are supposed to "promote understanding of economic and social problems of international concern," according to the release.

Ticket requests may be directed to Diane Hammerstone at 573-592-5319 or

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