"We have no intention of uninviting [Henry] Kissinger," says Mark Weinstein, public relations director for Robert Morris University, which is hosting the former secretary of state as the first in this year's Speakers Series Oct. 5. "We don't feel there is any controversy surrounding his visit."
Paul Donahue, preparing a protest of the Kissinger appearance, obviously differs. The 48-year-old Bloomfield resident -- a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers locally -- is a veteran activist with the Garfield-based Thomas Merton Center. But this is one protest he feels strongly enough to organize on his own, decrying what he believes are war crimes (see "Accusing Kissinger" above). He says a small group will distribute leaflets outside Kissinger's Heinz Hall appearance beginning at 7 p.m., an hour before the Republican's speech.
Weinstein says Kissinger's talk, which was requested by Speaker Series subscribers, has been the subject of protest letters. One of those letters came from Donahue, who concludes: "I just want to educate younger people about what happened 30 years ago."