Distinguished Voices Lecture Series


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Dr. Jon Marsalis

"Engaging the War on Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and Infectious Diseases"

Jon C. Mirsalis, Ph.D.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

This lecture is sold out

Dr. Jon C. Mirsalis, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., is Vice President of Translational Development at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA.  Dr. Mirsalis is an internationally recognized expert in the development of drugs for infectious diseases.  He manages two large programs for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the development of promising therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of a broad range of infectious diseases including TB, malaria, influenza, polio, anthrax, plague and Ebola.  He has personally been involved in the development of over 50 therapeutics for cancer, infectious disease and CNS indications that have entered clinical trials and several have already reached the market.  He is the author of nearly 200 publications and abstracts.  Dr. Mirsalis holds Ph.D. degrees in toxicology and genetics from North Carolina State University.  He lectures on biosecurity at Stanford University School of Medicine, is a past member of the FDA’s Over-the-Country Product Review Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California Biomedical Research Association (2014-2017).  Dr. Mirsalis has been certified by the American Board of Toxicology since 1983.


SRI International is a nonprofit research and development institute nearly a 70 year history working with academic, commercial, foundation and government clients and partners to bring new medicines, diagnostics and devices to market.  Today, combining the approaches of a nonprofit research institute, a biotech venture, and a contract research organization (CRO), SRI integrates all of the R&D resources necessary to take drugs and vaccines from idea to the clinic.

Anne Applebaum

"Regaining Control in an Unsettled Europe”

Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. She directs the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London and is an adjunct fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis. Formerly a member of the Washington Post editorial board, she has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of the Spectator magazine in London, as the Political Editor of the Evening Standard, and as a columnist at several British newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. From 1988-1991 she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of the Economist magazine. 


Her most recent book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, published in 2012, describes the imposition of Soviet totalitarianism in Central Europe after the Second World War. Iron Curtain won the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, among other prizes, and was shortlisted for the National Book Award. Her previous book, Gulag: A History, was published in 2003 and won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004. The book narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camps system and describes daily life in the camps, making extensive use of recently opened Russian archives, as well as memoirs and interviews. Both Iron Curtain and Gulag: A History have appeared in more than two dozen translations, including all major European languages. 


“Iran and the Middle East: Leveraging Chaos”

Karim Sadjadpour

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Karim Sadjadpour is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment. He joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Washington and Tehran, where he conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.

He is a regular contributor to BBC TV and radio, CNN, National Public Radio, PBSNewsHour, and Al-Jazeera, and he has appeared on the Today Show, Charlie Rose,Fox News Sunday, and the Colbert Report, among others. He contributes regularly to publications such as the Economist, the Washington Post, the New York Times, theInternational Herald Tribune, and Foreign Policy.Frequently called upon to brief U.S., EU, and Asian officials about Middle Eastern affairs, he regularly testifies before Congress, has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford universities, and has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Fulbright scholarship.

General Raymond T. Odierno

“America’s Role in the World Today: A Look at Globalization, the Diffusion of Technology, and Global Demographic Shifts”

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, USA (Ret.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

General Raymond T. Odierno culminated his military career serving as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 7 September 2011 to 14 August 2015. During more than 39 years of service, he commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States. After his first assignment with U.S. Army Europe, General Odierno was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he commanded two batteries and served as a battalion operations officer.

Since retiring from active military service on 31 August 2015, General Odierno founded and is the Owner and President of Odierno Associates, LLC. On 1 September 2015, he became a Senior Advisor to JPMorgan Chase & Company to provide strategic advice and global insights to Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, the Board of Directors and members of the Operating Committee on a broad range of issues including international planning and country risk analysis, technology, operations and the rapidly evolving issues of physical and cyber security. He also provides his expertise to help structure and carry out the firm's leadership development training programs and assist on other leadership and workforce development issues.

Rana Foroohar

“Things that Worry Me—and Things that Don’t—in the Global Economy”

Rana Foroohar

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, January 17, 2017


  CNN 's Global Economic Analyst and TIME columnist , Rana Foroohar covers the intersection of business, economics, politics, and foreign affairs across all platforms. Reaching a readership 50 million, her column, "The Curious Capitalist," is a must-read for economic and political thought leaders. As an assistant managing editor for TIME, Foroohar has penned numerous cover stories and essays on China and the next global recession, Europe’s economic crisis, and what the rise of "localnomics” means for American business. She frequently profiles movers and shakers in finance and corporate America, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gross, Howard Shultz, Mary Barra, Carl Icahn, and Fed chair Janet Yellen.


Foroohar served as the deputy editor in charge of international business and economics for Newsweek. She headed up the economics coverage for the annual Davos special issue and spent six years as Newsweek’s European economic correspondent based in London, covering business news throughout Europe and the Middle East. During this time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter R. Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. 

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

“China: Opportunities and Challenges”

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

  Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chairman of No Labels. He began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four US presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, US trade ambassador, and most recently, US ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. Twice elected governor of Utah, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America. Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region. This was a far better result than in his run for the Presidency in 2012 where he ultimately placed third in the New Hampshire primary before bowing out.


He currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Hilton Worldwide, the US Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Governor Huntsman has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy. Huntsman is the father of seven children, including two adopted daughters from China and India. His two sons are midshipmen at the US Naval Academy, where his oldest son was selected as a Naval aviator. Huntsman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has nine honorary doctoral degrees.

Peggy Noonan

“The Road Ahead: A New Path and Leadership for the U.S.”

Peggy Noonan

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of eight books on American politics, history and culture. In 2008 the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes Magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME , Newsweek , The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.


 With experience from both the inside, as a member of the White House staff, and the outside, as an observer of politics, Noonan brings a unique and thoughtful analysis of our nation and its leaders to her speeches. Filled with humorous anecdotes and political insight, her speeches are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. In a presentation described as “absolutely amazing” and “funny and self-deprecating and so smart,” audiences will leave with a deeper, new, and more informed perspective on politics.