Press Release for Wednesday, December 27, 2006

George Will Headlines UNF's Spring 2007 Lecture Series

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida has a packed spring 2007 schedule of lecturers that are sure to offer something for everyone. UNF is bringing the Jacksonville community Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Newsweek essayist George Will as well as many more next year. All lectures are free and open to the public, although tickets are required for all lectures. Tickets can be ordered online at www.unf.edu. Click on the spring 2007 Lectures link.

“This spring offers an interesting mix of speakers,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “This is one way of sharing our academic resources with the community.”

The spring 2007 lectures at UNF are as follows:

Ambassador Robert Gallucci; “North Korea: What Are the Prospects, How Does It Look?,” Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Gallucci is a retired U.S. ambassador and former U.S.-North Korea negotiator. He currently serves as dean of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Gallucci has authored several publications on political-military issues, including “Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis,” which won the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Ambassador Nabil Fahmy; “The Middle East at a Crossroads: The View from Egypt,” Monday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Fahmy is the ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States and has played an active role in the numerous efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. He is also internationally recognized for his expertise in disarmament and international security. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Patricia Fernandez-Kelly; “Migration, Economic Restructuring, Race and Ethnicity,” Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Fernandez-Kelly is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and a research scientist in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She has authored numerous books, including “Out of the Shadows: Political Action and the Informal Economy in Latin America” and also serves on the National Council of La Raza Foreign Policy Project Advisory Committee. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Ambassador Heraldo Munoz; “Is the U.S. Losing Latin America?,” Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Munoz is a permanent representative of Chile to the United Nations and is a professor at the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile. As a former ambassador to Brazil, he participated actively in negotiations between Ecuador and Peru, which led to a peace agreement between the two countries. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Charles Krauthammer; “National Politics and International Affairs,” Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a weekly panelist on “Inside Washington” and a contributor to “Fox News.” He has been named by The Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America and is one of the most prominent opinion-makers in the country. This lecture is part of the Jay and Deanie Stein Lecture Series.

Christopher Browning; “The Final Solution,” Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is best known for his study of the German Order Police Reserve Unit 101, which was used to massacre and round up Jews for deportation to the death camps in Poland in the early 1940s. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

George Will; “The Political Argument Today,” Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall—Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Newsweek essayist, brings the headlines to life for his audiences. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974 and appears twice weekly in just under 500 newspapers across the United States and in Europe. Will has published three books on political theory, his latest being “With a Happy Eye But…: America and the World.” In 1981, he became a founding panel member on ABC’s “This Week.” This lecture is part of the UNF Presidential Lecture Series and is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Martin Seligman; “Positive Psychology,” Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Seligman is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He has authored 20 books on motivation and personality. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Jon Meacham; “Politics and Religion,” Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Meacham is managing editor at Newsweek and was named one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business by The New York Times. His latest book, “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation, is a New York Times bestseller. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

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