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“China: Opportunities and Challenges”
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
at the Herbert University Center
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.
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.
This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.
“The Road Ahead: A New Path and Leadership for the U.S.”
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
at the Herbert University Center
e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for
and the best-selling author of eight books on
American politics, history and culture. In 2008 the
dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable
to an understanding of the presidential year.
called her column “principled, perceptive,
persuasive and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in
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
The Sultan and The Saint
A Timeless Story for Today's Peacemakers
Sunday, April 9, 2017
2 to 4:30 p.m.
Andrew A. Robinson Theater
e-Tickets will be available on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Sultan and The Saint film tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present.
Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian- Muslim conflict known as the Crusades.
Following the Jacksonville premiere of the film, a living room-style conversation will be held with students, community leaders, and Alex Kronemer - the co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), its Executive Director and Executive Producer for all UPF Films such as this one.
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