Secretary of Defense calls for civic engagement

September 21, 2018  |  NEWS.DARTMOUTH.EDU

On Friday, the Dickey Center hosted Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Read the story and watch the video of his lecture to GOVT 54 US Foreign and Military Policy (and many of the College's veterans) here.

During a visit to campus on Friday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis told Dartmouth students to live up to their “irreplaceable role as citizens.” 

In his third visit to the College, Mattis spoke to foreign policy students and student veterans about the U.S. military’s role in protecting the Constitution and the American people. “Dartmouth has a long, long history of service to our country,” he said, commending those from the College who served in the military from Revolutionary times to the present day, as well as leaders including John Sloan Dickey, president of Dartmouth from 1945-70, who served in the State Department during World War II. “We have to have people who are unapologetic of the values we stand for,” Mattis said. 

Mattis’ lecture, hosted by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, was delivered to the students of Professor of Government Michael Mastanduno’s “U.S. Foreign and Military Policy” class as well as more than 100 student veterans, ROTC students, and undergraduates in the Dickey Center’s War and Peace Fellows Program, led by Associate Professor of Government Ben Valentino.  

Continue reading the article by Bill Platt of the Dartmouth News and watch the video of the lecture right here.