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Panetta to deliver keynote at Launch! a celebration of the student experience

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Leon Panetta, former CIA director and secretary of defense, will address whether America is in renaissance or decline during Launch! A celebration of the UCSC student experience featuring a dinner and exhibitions of student work.

The event will take place Friday, April 25 at the University Center at Colleges Nine and Ten with a strolling dinner and wine at 6 p.m. followed by the keynote address from Panetta.

Expect a lively evening with straight talk and some button-pushing topics. When asked if he believes America is in renaissance or decline, Panetta said, “I really do believe we can be in an American renaissance. We do have that potential. But a lot of that depends on our ability to govern ourselves and make the changes that have to be made. Right now my fear is that we are losing the capacity to govern ourselves effectively.”

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