Former US Senators Reid and Kerry to speak in Reno April 3

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and former Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry, also the Democratic nominee for President in 2004, will appear together as part of the inaugural Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series event at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, at Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The topic for Reid and Kerry’s talk is “Bipartisanship and Public Service.” UNR says the lecture series is a bi-annual event to honor Reid’s contributions to the university and the state, and that Reid lecturers are high-profile people whose careers in government, public service, or community activism demonstrate the contribution humanities disciplines can make to public life.

The event is free and open to the public. Seats are not guaranteed, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required. Click here for information about the event.

Reid retired from the Senate in January 2017, concluding 30 years as a US Senator from Nevada. He served as Senate Majority Leader for a decade, presiding over healthcare legislation, as well as clean and renewable energy acts. Reid was involved in the creation of The Great Basin National Park in Nevada and brought attention and funding to Lake Tahoe. Reid announced in August 2016 that he would be donating his papers to the university, and they are now in Special Collections and University Archives.

Kerry, a former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who served in the Senate from 1985-2013, was the nation’s 68th Secretary of State under President Barack Obama from 2013-2017. Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was chosen as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004. He was also at Lawlor Events Center while on the presidential campaign trail in October 2004.

Event parking will be available in the West Stadium Parking Complex north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia Street.