American activist and former United States military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, will visit George School on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 to speak with students and alumni. He will participate in a discussion about his new book The Doomsday Machine, Vietnam, and other key moments in American history.
Daniel is known for causing a political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a collection of top-secret, classified documents highlighting the American government’s decision-making during the Vietnam War. He was charged with conspiracy and theft, but was never convicted. Daniel’s story was the basis for the 2017 Steven Spielberg film The Post.
Daniel’s visit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., something he will also likely discuss during his presentation. “I will certainly ask him to comment on the anniversary,” said Aaron Good, History Department faculty. “And on the Kennedy assassinations as well. He worked in the Kennedy administration and spoke to Robert individually on a number of occasions.”
Aaron hopes that Daniel’s visit will initiate an Anti-War Club at George School.
To learn more about Daniel’s visit, www.ellsberg.net/.