Distinguished Voices Lecture Series

All Distinguished Voices lectures are free and open to the public, and require an e-ticket. E-tickets become available at 9:00 a.m. on the date specified on the webpage for each lecture. For more information, please contact Kelly Gates, Assistant Director of Special Events, at kelly.gates@unf.edu or (904) 620-2117. If you do not find a lecture you are looking for on this page, please search in the on line calendar of events or go to Cultural Events.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation for this occasion, please contact Kelly Gates, Assistant Director of Special Events, at kelly.gates@unf.edu or (904) 620-2117 five days before the event to enable us to provide you a reasonable accommodation for the event.

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“Interfaith Leadership: Religious Diversity and the Health of the Community”

Dr. Eboo Patel

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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Dr. Eboo Patel was named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009. He is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Author of the book “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim”, “The Struggle for the Soul of a Generation”, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and “The forthcoming Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America”, Patel is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

 

This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by the OneJax Institute, as part of its Oneness of Humanity celebration and by the UNF Interfaith Center, as part of UNF’s Interfaith Week.

Anthony Zinni

“The Middle East Challenge”

General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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General Anthony C. Zinni joined the Marine Corps' Platoon Leader Class program in 1961 and was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in 1965 upon graduation from Villanova University. He held numerous command and staff assignments that included platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marine Expeditionary Force command. His staff assignments included service in operations, training, special operations, counter-terrorism and manpower billets. He has been a tactics and operations instructor at several Marine Corps schools and was selected as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. 

 

General Zinni's joint assignments included command of a joint task force and a unified command. He has also had several joint and combined staff billets at joint task force and unified command levels. 

 

His military service has taken him to over 70 countries and includes deployments to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, Northern Europe and Korea. He has also served tours of duty in Okinawa and Germany. His operational experiences included two tours in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded; emergency relief and security operations in the Philippines; Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and northern Iraq; Operation Provide Hope in the former Soviet Union; Operations Restore Hope, Continue Hope and United Shield in Somalia; Operations Resolute Response and Noble Response in Kenya; Operations Desert Thunder, Desert Fox, Desert Viper, Desert Spring, Southern Watch, and Maritime Intercept Operations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf; and Operation Infinite Reach against terrorist targets in the Central Region. He was involved in the planning and execution of Operation Proven Force and Operation Patriot Defender during the Gulf War and noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia, Zaire, Sierra Leone and Eritrea. 

 

He has attended numerous military schools and courses including the Army Special Warfare School, the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the National War College. General Zinni retired from the military in 2000 after commanding the US Central Command. 

 

This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by UNF and The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

 

James Workman

“Water Security”

James G. Workman

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

James G. Workman is a leader in the design and creation of natural resource conservation markets for fresh water and marine fisheries. He is the author of "Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought", awarded best book of the year by the Society of Environmental Journalists and is currently co-authoring a book with the working title "The Sea Change: How to Transform the Way We Govern, Value and Harvest the Wild."  

 

In 1990 Workman graduated cum laude with a B.A. in history from Yale, and has been a visiting professor at Wesleyan and Whitman colleges. But he earned his real education by blowing up dams, releasing wolves, igniting wildland fires, guiding safaris, smuggling water to besieged indigenous dissidents after breaking down alone in Africa's Kalahari Desert and becoming a father. After early years as an investigative journalist in Washington, DC, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt recruited Workman to help advance national fire, fishery, endangered species and river restoration policies. Overseas, he became senior adviser to the World Commission on Dams under Nelson Mandela, and then a consultant to corporations, governments and international NGOs. Now based in San Francisco, he is Deputy Director of Environmental Defense Fund's Catch Share Design Center and co-founder of SmartMarkets, a utility-based start-up venture inspired by the Bushmen, which unlocks the scarcity value of water and energy. 

 

This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by UNF and The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

 

Richard Leakey

“Past, Present, and Future of Life on Earth”

Dr. Richard Leakey

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paleoanthropologist, political advisor, and environmentalist Richard Leakey has been a key voice behind wildlife conservation and preservation for over 40 years. He was named one of TIME’s 100 Greatest Minds of the 20th Century. 

 

Son of the Louis B. and Mary, Leakey and his family have been credited with some of the most significant fossil discoveries in history. The Leakeys have unearthed Proconsul africanus, Australopithicus boisei, Homo habilis, and the footprints of Australopithecus afarensis, known as the skeleton “Lucy.” Leakey’s own team discovered the most intact early human skeleton ever found, nicknamed “Turkana Boy” and referred to as either Homo erectus or Homo ergaster in 1984.  

 

The author of over 100 articles and books, Leakey examined the five great catastrophic extinctions in the history of the planet in his book, The Sixth Extinction. Written in 1995, before recent increased environmental awareness, Leakey stressed how human beings are dangerously reducing biodiversity, damaging eco-systems and possibly precipitating the next major mass extinction, which could affect humans.  

 

His other books include "Origins", "Origins Reconsidered", "The Origins of Humankind, and Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa’s Natural Treasures." In 2011 Leakey served as a consultant on the IMAX film Born To Be Wild. His latest National Geographic film project "Bones of Turkana" premiered in May 2012 on PBS. Currently, an IMAX adaptation of "The Sixth Extinction" is in the works. 

 

Leakey entered the world of politics in 1994, helping to form a political party opposed to the country's corrupt government. He was appointed to then President Moi’s cabinet, as Director of Kenyan Wildlife Services in an attempt to curtail elephant poaching. Leakey also served as Director of the National Museums of Kenya. He left politics in 2001 in order to form his own political party to fight government corruption. 

 

Now a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS), Leakey has convened the Stony Brook World Environmental Forum and the Human Evolution Symposiums and Workshops. He is Chair of The Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook and Transparency International-Kenya.  

 

Leakey is the founder of WildlifeDirect, an online service that supports conservationists and allows people to help save the world’s most endangered species. 

 

This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by UNF and The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.