Statesman on campus February 9, 2011 SHARE Strobe Talbott (second from right), president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and former deputy secretary of state from 1994-2001, was on campus two days last week speaking and meeting with students. On Feb. 8, Talbott and Bill Galston, the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution (second from left), met third-year law students Daniel Kastner (left) and Justine Cassell prior to a breakfast in Anheuser-Busch Hall. Talbott and Galston spoke to a small group of students from around the university to discuss the role that universities and think tanks can have in bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints and in improving access to clear and nonpartisan information. On Feb. 7, Talbott presented “Angels of Our Nature: Polarization in America and Its Challenge to Universities and Think Tanks” in Whitaker Hall Auditorium. Talbott’s address focused on the challenge of polarization in American politics, considered by many to be at its worst level since the late 19th century.