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Jan. 31: Year Ahead in Foreign Policy

Tom Hanson, former U.S. foreign service officer, to give presentation titled “Things Fall Apart: The Year Ahead in Foreign Policy.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-21-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Tom Hanson, who spent 25 years as a U.S. foreign service officer, will give a presentation titled “Things Fall Apart: The Year Ahead in Foreign Policy” in a lecture from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium, located on campus in Centennial Student Union.

The event is free and open to the public, and parking during the event is free on campus. Hanson will discuss the latest foreign policy developments, trends and challenges faced by the United States in the year ahead. The audience is encouraged to be involved in a question and answer session after his address.

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Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Mankato Area Lifelong Learners at 507-389-2011 or emailing to ensure enough informational sheets for the event are printed.

Prior to his presentation, Hanson will be available to meet with students who are interested in Foreign Service careers from 10 a.m. to noon in room 253 of the Centennial Student Union.

Hanson is a worldwide speaker on the state of the world. He is a 25-year veteran of Foreign Service, having served in East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Mongolia. He also served on Foreign Relations Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate and was director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He currently serves on the Board of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and is a Diplomat in Residence at the Royal D. Alworth Jr. Institute for International Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Hanson’s presentation is sponsored by the Mankato Area Lifelong Learners. For more information about Mankato Area Lifelong Learners, call 507-389-2011 or email

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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