John Danforth to Give Sherrill Lecture, "Who Is Responsible for World Order?" Jan. 23
Danforth is one of the remarkable public servants of our age, with unique qualifications to speak about "world order." He represented the State of Missouri in the United States Senate for 18 years, retiring in 1994, and serving on three key committees: the Committee on Finance; Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and the Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2004, he was appointed to represent the United States as Ambassador to the United Nations, where he focused on ending the North/South civil war in Sudan. He had earlier served as a Special Envoy for Sudan.
Danforth graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1958 and received graduate degrees from Yale Law School and the Yale Divinity School in 1963. Before seeking public office, he practiced law in New York City and St. Louis. Danforth began his political career in 1968, when he was elected Attorney General of Missouri. He was re-elected in 1972 and then elected to the United States Senate in 1976.
Danforth is currently an ordained Episcopal minister, Chairman of the Danforth Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on strengthening the St. Louis metropolitan area, and a partner with the national law firm of Bryan Cave LLP.