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“To me, that was simply baffling. Professors wouldn’t invite students to their homes just like that where I come from and certainly not to discuss something like that.”

Mr. Lambsdorff, now a member of the European Parliament from the center-right German Free Democratic Party, graduated from Georgetown in 1993. In his commencement address, he told students that when he entered in 1990, the Soviet Union still existed and communism “still held down” countries in Eastern Europe.

When this year’s graduating class entered Georgetown, “Osama bin Laden was still a threat to … freedom-loving people everywhere,” he said.


Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Tamara Martsenyuk of Ukraine’s National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, who discusses Ukrainian women’s issues in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Fawaz Georges of the London School of Economics. He discusses President Obama’s Middle East policies in a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban ambassador to the European Union and now a professor at the University of Havana, and Jorge Mario Sanchez of the University of Havana’s Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy. They participate in a Brookings Institution discussion on U.S.-Cuban relations.

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