Former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes to Speak at UT

KNOXVILLE — Conservative commentator and former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes will share his views about restoring issues of moral character to political debate in a campus lecture on February 6th at the University of Tennessee.

Alan Keyes

Keyes is well-known for his Senate campaign in Illinois against Barack Obama in 2004, marking the first U.S. Senate race where the candidates of both major parties were black.

Sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee, “An Evening with Alan Keyes,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is also sponsored by the Issues Committee and the NAACP.

Keyes will discuss themes from his book “Our Character, Our Future,” a collection of his speeches and newspaper columns.

The former Reagan administration official is a leader in the Conservative movement and an active orator and television and radio commentator. He was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1988 and 1992 and a presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000.

President Reagan appointed Keyes as a United Nations Ambassador in 1983. He served until 1987. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Social and Economic Council and as assistant secretary for international organizations.

He serves as chairman of the Declaration Foundation, a non-profit educational organization he founded that promotes the principles of the Declaration of Independence in American life.

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For more information about the program, including disability accommodations, contact Tanicia Washington or Veronica Brown at (865) 974-4738 or visit the BCPC-s Web site at http://web.utk.edu/~bcpc.