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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations

Abstract

In this season of commencement addresses, Future of Diplomacy Project Director Nicholas Burns reflects on what he believes to be the most important speech by an American president in a half a century: President John F. Kennedy's 1963 commencement address at American University. Burns praises that speech, delivered 50 years ago next month, "for its moral courage and strong sense of idealism and hope," and encourages us to hold to those values still today.

Citation

Burns, Nicholas. "JFK's Wisdom for Graduates." Boston Globe, May 12, 2013.