This Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. faculty, staff and students are invited to an open-house event hosted by the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Taking place in the Rusk Hall atrium and in the Center’s Sohn Library items from the school’s physical and digital collections about Dean Rusk will be on display. Masks warmly welcomed. Refreshments will be offered to take with you.
More About Dean Rusk
David Dean Rusk (1909 – 1994) served as U.S. secretary of state from 1961 to 1969, the second longest tenure in that office (after Cordell Hull, 1933-44). He was only the second Georgian to be named to the office. During that period of service under U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, he was a primary architect of U.S. intervention in the Vietnam War (1964-73) on the side of the South Vietnamese. He was known, too, for his dedication to arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union and other early manifestations of détente, as well as for his skill in seeking a diplomatic resolution to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 (excerpt from the New Georgia Encyclopedia).
Physical Items From the Collection
Among the items on display in the exhibit case in Rusk Hall, you will find a copy of Dean Rusk’s memoirs As I Saw It (available in the law library catalog), historic event memorabilia including 1986 Commencement program, a newspaper from the October 1977 Rusk Center dedication ceremony, articles from the Advocate Magazine archive, and original and reproduced photographs of Dean Rusk with guest speakers, presidents, and law students. Items particular of note from our special collections include two framed photographs of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson with signed personal notes each president addresses to Rusk. Scrapbooks, audio and video cassette tapes are also among the physical items presented in the display case.
Newly Digitized Open Access Resources
Portions of both the physical display and the digital exhibit were made possible through a recent digitization grant from the Digital Library of Georgia awarded to the Law Library in collaboration with the Law School’s Office of Public Relations and Communications. Visitors able to stop by the event in Rusk Hall this week are encouraged to use their smart phone to interact with the psychical exhibit which includes QR codes and short URLs for listening to related digitized resources, including a recording of a phone call between JFK and Rusk from the 1960’s. Even if you cannot visit the open-house in person, we invite you to explore the digital exhibit at https://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/exhibit/dean-rusk-digital-exhibit/ where you will find items like this recording of Rusk’s own speech from the Center’s dedication ceremony in 1977: