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Indianapolis Star Recalls Benazir Bhutto's 1997 Visit to DePauw

December 28, 2007

Also: Benazir Bhutto's 1997 Ubben Lecture at DePauw

Bhutto Sahu Watson Forum.jpgDecember 28, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - An Indianapolis Star article reporting community reaction to yesterday's assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto notes, "Bhutto had visited Indiana at least twice in the past decade, making speeches at DePauw University and Indiana University, trying to build support for democratic reforms in Pakistan. Several political leaders here knew her well and spoke highly of her." (at left: Bhutto with Sunil Sahu, DePauw professor of political science, in Watson Forum)

Bhutto came to DePauw on May 7, 1997, as a guest of the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series. She discussed "Pakistan in the Third Millennium" in a speech in historic East College's Meharry Hall and participated in a question-and-answer session in the Center for Contemporary Media's Watson Forum. A summary of her day at DePauw -- which includes a brief video clip -- can be found here.

Among those interviewed for today's Star article was Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana; pictured at right), a senior member of the Senate Lugar Ubben 1.jpgForeign Relations Committee and frequent visitor to the DePauw campus. He met with Bhutto in Washington on September 26, days before she returned to Pakistan. "She was aware of her personal danger. She expressed a strong appreciation for President Musharraf's challenges in running the country, and she was hopeful that her return would be a force toward securing a national election and advancing democracy in Pakistan."

Read the full story at the newspaper's Web site.

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