Journalist/diplomat Kalb to speak at Westport Library
Updated 2:07 pm, Friday, February 3, 2012
Westport Public Library will hold a talk by journalist, author and a former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Bernard Kalb at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.
Kalb will talk about witnessing Nixon's historic diplomacy with Chinese Premier Chow En-lai in 1972.
Nixon's talks with Communist China's En-lai and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung thawed a quarter-century of hostility between the U.S. and China, and served as a catalyst for renewed relations with the Soviet Union and North Vietnam, according to a library news release.
Kalb, who covered international relations for more than three decades for CBS News, NBC News, and the New York Times, was part of a select group of journalists cleared to cover the week-long trip that was eventually followed by an era of more Western-friendly communist-style capitalism in China.
Kalb was appointed assistant secretary of state for public affairs and spokesman for the State Department in 1984, but quit this post two years later to protest what he considered a campaign of misinformation about Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi by the Reagan Administration, the release states.
Kalb and his younger brother, journalist Marvin Kalb, traveled with Henry Kissinger on diplomatic missions and later wrote a biography together entitled "Kissinger." The brothers also co-authored "The Last Ambassador," a novel about the collapse of Saigon in 1975. The event is free.
For information, call 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org.