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Senator Bernie Sanders to join ranks of historic speakers at Westminster College

Senator Bernie Sanders joined the ranks of Sir Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, George Bush, and Margaret Thatcher after delivering The Green Foundation Lecture. (MGN Online)

Senator Bernie Sanders joined the rank of historic speakers at Westminster College on Thursday.

Senator Sanders delivered the 58th Annual Green Foundation Lecture.

The Green Foundation Lecture was established in 1936 as memorial for St. Louis attorney and Westminster alum, John Findley Green. The lecture was designed as an opportunity to promote understanding of economic and social problems of international concern.

Historic Green Foundation speakers included Sir Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, George Bush, and Margaret Thatcher.

One of the most notable Green Foundation Lectures was Churchill's "Iron Curtain" delivered in 1946. The "Iron Curtain" condemned the Soviet Union's policies in Europe and is considered one of the first mentions of the impending Cold War.

The Green Foundation Lecture was hosted at the same time as Westminster's Hancock Symposium.

The symposium was established in 2006 and includes two engaging days of lectures, panel discussions, and presentations on one particular subject of global interest.

The director of the Hancock Symposium said the events are important in getting Missouri recognized.

"I think it puts the spotlight on not only Fulton, but on Missouri. It helps us show that mid-Missouri is relevant in the national conversation about important issues like foreign policy," Kurt Jefferson, Director of the Hancock Symposium said.

Jefferson also said the events are important in getting the community together.

"It's really neat because it's our students, but it's also older younger, other folks who come together and we talk and digest the issues, and they get to meet the speakers and sit and talk to these people who are famous and it's really I think an inspiration for all of us," Jefferson said.

To watch the speech, see the video below.


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