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UT Austin President issues comment on Kissinger lecture cancellation

Statement From President Larry R. Faulkner, The University of Texas at Austin:

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AUSTIN, Texas—Statement From President Larry R. Faulkner, The University of Texas at Austin:

As President of the University of Texas at Austin, I express my deep regretover the cancellation of the planned lecture by Dr. Henry Kissinger at theLBJ Library. In keeping with its public responsibilities, The Universitycommitted itself to provide security for the personal safety of the audienceand for open discourse on issues of public concern. In the end, it becameclear that assurance of both in this particular setting probably would notbe possible. This cancellation reflects, first and foremost, legitimateconcern over public safety.

It is tragic that threats of assault on a peaceable, academic assembly will,in this instance, still public discussion on important issues by adistinguished visitor. The tactics are both immoral and inimical to thepublic interest. They must be rejected by our community. As The Universityproceeds into the future, it will take new and appropriate steps to meet itsresponsibilities as a major public forum.

Larry R. Faulkner, President

University of Texas at Austin
400 Main Building
P.O. Box T
Austin, Texas 78713
Phone: 512-471-1232
Fax: 512-471-8102