March 28: Journalist George Packer to Discuss Transformation of American Foreign Policy in Kessel Lecture

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ostrander Auditorium

Mankato, Minn. – Journalist George Packer, a National Book Award-winning author and staff writer at The Atlantic, will discuss the transformation of American foreign policy in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual Kessel Memorial Lecture Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium, located in the University’s Centennial Student Union.

The lecture, titled “Transformation of American Foreign Policy Establishment: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Challenges,” is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow the presentation.

Packer’s presentation will address the legacy of the Cold War generation of diplomats and politicians who shaped U.S. relations with the world and impacted U.S. foreign policy until the early 21st century.

Packer’s New York Times best-selling books, “The Unwinding,” “Our Man,” and his latest book, “Last Best Hope—America in Crisis and Renewal, 2021,” offer analyses of America through the lens of political figures and landmark historical moments.

For more information, contact Tomasz Inglot, professor of political science, by phone at 507-389-6934 or by email at More information is available at

Event sponsors include the following departments and endowment programs from Minnesota State Mankato: Government; Kessel Memorial Lecture Series Endowment; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Communication Studies; Geography; History; Sociology; World Languages & Cultures; Library Services; and the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.


Tomasz Inglot

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