Monday, April 10, 2006

Ogden Reid - Congress vs. State Department, May 4, 8 p.m.

Ogden Reid to Explain Relationship between Congress and State Department

Ogden Reid, former Westchester Congressman and U.S. Ambassador, will explain how Congress impacts foreign policy at a public session of the Northern Westchester Great Decisions chapter of the Foreign Policy Association at the Katonah Village Library on May 4 at 8 p.m. A question-and-answer period will follow Mr. Reid’s talk.

Mr. Reid, a native of Purchase, N.Y., is currently Chairman of the Council of American Ambassadors. He was a Congressman from 1961 to 1974 and U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1959 to 1961. In Congress, he served on several key committees, including Foreign Affairs, Education and Labor, and Government Operations. He chaired the New York State commission on Human Rights in 1961 and later became Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. From 1953 to 1959, he was president and editor of the New York Herald Tribune. His business experience has included membership on the boards of several corporations. A graduate of Yale University, he served as a First Lieutenant of Parachute Infantry in World War II. Currently, he is editor of “The Ambassadors Review,” a quarterly magazine published by the Council of American Ambassadors, a nonpartisan, professional organization established in 1983.

Open speaker sessions are co-sponsored by the Katonah chapter of the Great Decisions Program and the Katonah Village Library. The Great Decisions group, which meets ten times a year, is one of several national chapters sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a national, independent, non-governmental, nonprofit educational organization headquartered in New York City.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest grassroots world affairs organization in the U.S. and provides programs and publications for use in schools, communities and businesses. Members of the Katonah group include retired teachers, lawyers, government officials, business executives, journalists and authors. A $10 contribution to the Katonah Village Library is suggested to attendees of public sessions. For more information, please call Fred Piker, Discussion Leader, at (914) 232-7061.