U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Picks U.Va. as Site for His First Policy Speech

February 14, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry will make his first public remarks regarding U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy on Feb. 20 at the University of Virginia, the State Department announced today.

Kerry will deliver his remarks at about 11 a.m. in Old Cabell Hall. 

“The University of Virginia is honored to host Secretary Kerry as he begins his tenure as our country’s new Secretary of State,” said U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan. 

Kerry selected the University because of its unique place in American history. U.Va. founder Thomas Jefferson served as the country’s first Secretary of State. 

State Department officials said Kerry’s remarks here will be the first in a series of domestic addresses he plans to deliver as secretary to report to the American people about his discussions abroad and their impact back home.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to hear from our newly appointed Secretary of State on topics of global importance,” Sullivan added.

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama's nomination of Kerry to the post on Jan. 29.

Ticket information will be available on Monday, Feb. 18. 

Read the State Department news release here.


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