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Kerry Sets First Official Speech for UVA

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Secretary of State John Kerry has chosen the University of Virginia as the site of his first foreign policy speech since joining President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

State Department officials say Kerry will speak to students and faculty next Wednesday about the importance of robust U.S. diplomacy and connections between it and the lives of ordinary Americans. The address will be the first in a series Kerry plans to give to domestic audiences to explain what the public gets out of government investment in foreign affairs, which accounts for about 1 percent of the federal budget.

The speech will come days before Kerry leaves on his first overseas trip as secretary of state, to Europe and the Mideast.

According to UVA Today, Kerry will deliver his remarks on February 20, at about 11 a.m. in Old Cabell Hall. UVA President Teresa Sullivan said, "This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to hear from our newly appointed secretary of state on topics of global importance."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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