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Michael Dukakis to Address USD Community Feb. 1

Friday, January 25, 2013

A lifelong public servant, former Massachusetts Governor and one-time presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, will visit the University of San Diego on Friday, Feb. 1 to give a special address to USD students.

Dukakis served 12 years as Governor and helped to lead Massachusetts into the “techno age” making the state the home of technology that it remains today.

Dukakis holds a deep belief and commitment to public transportation and, as governor, made vast improvements to the public transportation system, known as the “T” in Massachusetts. His commitment to public transportation, and to the environment, wasn’t just for show, as he remains the state’s only governor to take the T to work. Bostonians vividly recall seeing the governor walking from the T to the State House, picking up litter on his way.

Professor Del Dickson, who invited Dukakis to campus, said, “We invited Governor Dukakis because we know that our students can learn a lot about politics and public service from his example. Governor Dukakis belongs to one of the rare sub-breeds of politicians who, like Harry Truman, is not driven by selfish ambition, but by a longstanding and sincere commitment to public service and the common good.”

Kitty Dukakis has also been committed to public service. She has spent her life fighting for mental health care access and reform. A longtime sufferer of depression, Kitty has been a leading voice for mental health access and de-stigmatization.

As the son of Greek immigrants, Michael Dukakis grew up with a deep appreciation for what the United States represents as a country of immigrants. But he also saw the need to continue the struggle for justice for all — for greater diversity, inclusion, and toleration. His career, in all aspects of public service, has reached a whole new generation of Americans as he currently teaches at Northeastern University in Boston and during the winter term at UCLA.

The Dukakis’ have also started The Next Generation Initiative, which they founded to encourage students to get involved in public life.

Dukakis will address the USD community at 2 p.m. Friday in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater.

The event is only open to USD students, staff and faculty. Please RSVP at

— Melissa Wagoner

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