Press Release for Friday, September 2, 2005

UNF Fall 2005 Lecture Series Announces Dan Rather, Robert Reich and Dennis Ross among the Speakers

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


The University of North Florida has a packed fall 2005 schedule of lecturers that are sure to offer something for everyone. UNF is bringing the Jacksonville community top-name speakers, such as broadcast journalist Dan Rather, U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and many more. All lectures are free and open to the public, although tickets are required for some lectures.

“These lectures are our gift to the community,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “It’s our way of sharing our intellectual resources with the region.”

The Fall 2005 lectures at UNF are as follows:

Dr. William Sanders; Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Schultz Center—Sanders is the director of the Value-Added Assessment and Research Division at SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina and is well known in the education field for developing the Tennessee’s Value-Added Assessment System. This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series. The Schultz Center is located off of Beach Boulevard.

Maj. Gen. John G. Castellaw; Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Castellaw assumed duties as chief of staff, United States central command, in July 2004. He’ll be discussing the global war on terrorism with respect to Iraq and Afghanistan. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.


Morris Dees; Monday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Dees is the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and author of Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat, A Lawyer’s Journey. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Dan Rather; Friday, October 21, 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall—Rather was anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News for 24 years and is currently a correspondent for 60 Minutes. This is the inaugural lecture of the Jay and Deanie Stein Lecture Series.

Ambassador Dennis Ross; Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Ross is the former U.S. peace envoy to the Middle East. He will be speaking about the Middle East and prospects for peace. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Dr. Peter Singer; Thursday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He has special interests in animal rights and social philosophy. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Ernest J. Gaines; Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall—Gaines has written eight books of fiction, including his most recent novel, A Gathering of Old Men: A Lesson Before Dying, which won the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award. This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series.

Dr. Robert Reich; Wednesday, November 16, 6 p.m. in the UNF Arena—Reich is considered one of the nation’s leading thinkers in the area of work and economy. He’s currently a professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University. This lecture is part of the Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series.

Panel Lecture with Burton Gerber&John Brennan; Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center—Gerber is the former Central Intelligence Agency director of covert operations and Brennan, a 25-year veteran of the CIA, is the former interim director of the Terrorism Task Force. The topic of discussion is intelligence reform. This lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum.

Tickets for these free lectures can be ordered online at www.unf.edu. Click on the Fall 2005 Lectures link.

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