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ISSUE 121 VOL 11 PUBLISHED 2/22/2008

This week in St. Olaf history

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, February 22, 2008

Forty years after Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower visited Northfield, former President Jimmy Carter paid a political visit to campus. February 24, 1992 marks the day 1,700 listeners filled Boe Chapel and others packed the chapel basement to hear Carter discuss themes of poverty and suffering in the world, including topics on hunger, civil rights and housing for the poor.

Carter spent the day on campus during which he gave a chapel talk, hosted a Q & A session in Urness Recital Hall and attended both a reception in Fireside lounge and a luncheon in the Kings Dining Room. Prominent St. Olaf figures and student leaders enjoyed Carters company at the luncheon.

One Ole was cited in the February 26, 1992 issue of the Northfield News after asking Carter how [he] could make a difference in the world. Carter responded, Do you know a poor family? Get to know a poor family and act on what he observes he can do. Mark Forsberg 08 is an American studies, history and sociology/anthropology major from Maplewood, Minn.

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