By RICHARD F. BELISLE
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Bill Bradley, a former three-term U.S. senator from New Jersey and ex-New York Knicks basketball superstar, used humor, parables and plain speaking to get his point across to a Shippensburg University audience that America has to lead the world by the power of its own example as a pluralistic society.
Bradley was the first lecturer in the University's new Willard E. Kerr Lecture Series, named after the former dean of the graduate school who left an endowment for the series in a bequest after his death. The speech highlighted the school's annual University Day program in which students get out of class for a day of special events, said Peter M. Gigliotti, school spokesman.
Bradley cited the leadership of Russian leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsen and South African President Nelson Mandela as individuals who have made a difference. "In the last 10 years we've seen the end of Communism in the Soviet Union, the end of that entire country and the end of Apartheid in South Africa," Bradley said.