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) 620-2125. 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.




"India Rising"

Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Burns served in the United States government for twenty-seven years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

Burns has received twelve honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He has a BA in History from Boston College (1978), an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and earned the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was a visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2008.

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


Peace in the Middle East: Inspiring Voices and Stories

A Dialogue with Faith Leaders & Millennial Change-Makers

Sunday, February 28, 2016
4:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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You are cordially invited to a living room conversation on conflicts in the Middle East, particularly between Israel and Palestine. WJCT’s First Coast Connect host, Melissa Ross, will sit down with a panel of nationally-acclaimed faith leaders and UNF millennial change-makers for an afternoon of storytelling and practical solutions for a better world. Our conversationalists will explore the role faith and other values-based communities may play in resolving such conflict.


Moderator : Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect (WJCT/NPR)

Faith Leaders :

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman,  President of Shalom Hartman Institute

Imam Dr. Abdullah Antepli,  Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University

Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall,  President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary

UNF Millennial Change-Makers : Naomi Karp (Jewish); Taylor Bump (Christian); Yalda Rahimi (Muslim); and Charles Hack (Secular Humanist). 


This Distinguished Voices Lecture is hosted by the UNF Interfaith Center, The Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville and The Temple.


"Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It"

Richard A. Clarke

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Richard Clarke is CEO of Good Harbor Security Risk Management, which advises companies and governments on cyber security. He served for thirty years in the United States Government, including an unprecedented ten continuous years as a White House official, serving three consecutive Presidents. In the White House he was Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace and National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism. Prior to his White House years, he served as a diplomat, including as Assistant Secretary of State and held other positions in the State Department and the Pentagon for twenty years.

Since leaving government in 2003, Clarke has served as an on-air consultant for ABC News for ten years, taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for five years, and written six books, both fiction and non-fiction, including the national number one bestseller “Against All Enemies and Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It.” His newest Novel, “Sting of the Drone” was released in May 2014.

In addition to his work at Good Harbor, Clarke served or currently serves in several advisory or board capacities: Member, President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology (NSA review group); Co-Chairman, Virginia Cyber Security Commission; Member, New York Governor Cuomo’s Cyber Security Advisory Board; Senior Advisor on Cyber-Security and Counter-terrorism to the CEO of SRA International; Chairman of the Board of Governors, Middle East Institute; Member, Board of Directors of Veracode; Member, Board of Directors of Bit9; and Member, Board of Directors of Nok Nok Labs.


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