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JFK Advisor Ted Sorensen to Deliver Crain Lecture

February 25, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Ted Sorensen -- the former presidential special counsel and adviser who John F. Kennedy called "my intellectual blood bank" -- will speak at Northwestern University Monday, March 2.

Sorensen's lecture, titled "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History," will take place at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. Free and open to the public, it is part of the Medill School of Journalism's popular Crain Lecture Series. Sorensen's most recent book – also titled "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History" -- was published by HarperCollins in 2008.

While still in his twenties, Sorensen helped in the research and drafting of Kennedy's bestselling book "Profiles of Courage." A renowned speechwriter, he later helped craft the famous words "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" that Kennedy used in his 1961 inaugural address.

In 2002, Sorensen was a fellow at the Institute of Politics in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Active in Democratic Party activities, he has participated in 10 of the last 12 Democratic Party National Conventions. He came out strongly for Barack Obama in the most recent presidential election, and spoke of similarities between Kennedy and Obama.

A widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs, Sorensen practiced international law for more 36 years as a senior partner at the prominent U.S. law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. As chair of the firm's International Practice Committee, he represented U.S. and multinational corporations in negotiations with governments all over the world and advised leaders from the late President Sadat of Egypt to former President Mandela of South Africa.

The author of eight books, including the 1965 international best seller titled "Kennedy," Sorensen has written numerous articles on the presidency and foreign affairs in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs and other publications. His 2008 memoir "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History" was critically acclaimed and quickly became a bestseller.

Medill's Crain Lecture Series is named in honor of magazine publishers Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. For further information about the upcoming lecture, call (847) 491-5401 or visit http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.
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