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Stephen Solarz to give lecture Jan. 11

STANFORD -- Former U.S. Congressman Stephen J. Solarz will give a talk on "U.S. Policy Toward Third World Dictatorships: The Democratic Option Reconsidered" at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in Kresge Auditorium, Law School.

The event, presented by the Stanford Ethics in Society Program, will be the annual Robert Wesson Lecture in Problems of Democracy.

Solarz served as Democratic representative from Brooklyn's 13th Congressional District from 1975 through 1992. During his years in Congress, he was a leading spokesman on behalf of democracy and human rights in countries around the world, including South Africa, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, Poland and Cambodia. He led the fight on the floor of the House to authorize the use of force in the Gulf War.

Solarz, a graduate of Brandeis University, earned a master's degree in public law and government from Columbia University and served on the political science faculty of the City University of New York. He has written extensively for a number of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

The Wesson Lectures were endowed by the late Robert Wesson, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a scholar in political science, natural science and philosophy.



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