In September and October Ingvar Carlsson, former prime minister of Sweden and a personal friend of President Steven Koblik's, was a guest of the college. Carlsson spent time on campus with students and faculty members, both in classes and informally. He also delivered two lectures to a packed Vollum Lecture Hall: "Challenges for the European Union" was the inaugural lecture of the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations, and the "Future of the welfare state" was the topic of his second lecture.|
Carlsson served as prime minister of Sweden from 1986 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1996. He also has been co-chair of both the Commission to Reform the United Nations and the Commission on Global Governance. Carlsson is active in a variety of international bodies, most recently involving efforts to enhance and enlarge the European Union.
What follows are excerpts from an interview with Carlsson by senior Francisco Toro, a political science major and editor of the Quest, Reed's student newspaper.