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Congressman Dellums Inaugurates Endowed Chair With Lecture

Posted November 10, 1999

During his long career in the House of Representatives, Ron Dellums became one of America's leading voices for peace and human rights, tackling such issues as the Vietnam War, apartheid in South Africa and U.S. military build-up.

To honor his commitment and years of service, Berkeley's International and Area Studies has announced the establishment of the Ronald V. Dellums Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies.

In conjunction with this announcement, Dellums will present a lecture, "Peace is More Than the Absence of War," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, in the International House Auditorium.

Born in Oakland, Dellums received his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State and master's degree in social work from Berkeley. He served on Berkeley's city council for four years before relocating to Washington D.C.

He was first elected to Congress in 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War, and immediately began advocating for an end to that conflict. As chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he lobbied successfully for the curtailment of production of the B-2 Bomber and the requirement that President Bush secure Congressional approval before launching military action in the Gulf War. He retired from Congress in 1997.

Berkeley's Peace and Conflict Sudies is the largest program of its kind in North America. The endowment will help suport a professorship and annual lecture in Dellum's name, as well as extend the program's research and teaching.

For information, call 643-3567.



November 10 - 16, 1999 (Volume 28, Number 14)
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