Ex-Senator Visits COD to Explain U.S. Foreign Policy Simon to Hold Public Forum to Discuss Current Issues

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Byline: Catherine Edman Daily Herald Staff Writer

Former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon will talk about the nation's foreign policy in troubled regions of the world as part of the Global Terrorism series at the College of DuPage.

Simon, once a member of the senate foreign relations committee, is set to discuss how the United States sets its policy and why it takes the stances it does, particularly in political hot spots.

"He's got a very good grasp on the world situation, and he's an excellent resource that we have in the state of Illinois," said Zinta Konrad, director of International Education for COD.

"I worked with him on a program about the Middle East two years ago and he's very knowledgeable," she said.

The public forum is set from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the McAninch Arts Center Mainstage.

Simon retired from the U.S. Senate in 1997 and joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, where he founded and now directs the Public Policy Institute.

His intention in creating the institute was to lead the effort to provide "objective and earnest assessments of public policy and their implications for government leaders, journalists and society. …