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.




"Global Hot Spots & Blind Spots"

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy professor emerita, the President of New America, and a former top official at the U.S. State Department, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership — with a unique and powerful voice.

As President and CEO of the nonprofit, nonpartisan civic enterprise, public policy institute, and idea incubator New America, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City. Developing cutting-edge solutions for public problems, she aims to innovate in such areas as national security, healthcare, technology policy and education.

From 2009-2011, Slaughter headed the U.S. State Department’s internal think tank and advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the Director of Policy Planning, the first female in the role, she oversaw a major review of America’s diplomatic and development priorities. For her efforts, she received the Department’s highest honor, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award.

Now a foreign affairs columnist for Project Syndicate, Slaughter became one of the country’s most talked about writers with “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” an in-depth and controversial look into the extreme work-life balance of today’s professional women. It is the most read article in The Atlantic's history.

At Princeton, Slaughter was the Bert G. Kerstetter Professor of Politics and International Affairs. The first female Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, she rebuilt the school's international relations faculty and programs.
The author and editor of six books, including “A New World Order” and “The Idea that is America,” Slaughter has published over 100 scholarly articles in international law and relations. Her next book on caregiving, work/life balance, and the roles of men and women is scheduled for a Fall 2015 release.


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

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Race, Justice, and the Law: A Film Screening of 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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The event will screen the critically acclaimed documentary, “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” which chronicles the murder trial of slain Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis.  After the film, a group of panelists, including Ron Davis, activist and father of Jordan, and criminal defense attorney Mark O’Mara will lead a discussion on issues of race, justice and the law.


This Distinguished Voices Lecture is co-hosted by the COAS Pre-Law Lecture Program, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.


"The New Military Vision"

Gen. John Abizaid, USA (Ret.)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

John P. Abizaid is the Principal Partner of JPA Partners, LLC, a firm advising private business, government and academic clients on national and international strategy, business, security and military affairs since 2007. He serves as the Distinguished Chair (Emeritus) of the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has worked with the Preventative Defense Project at Stanford University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a Director of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He led the Dover Port Mortuary Inquiry Panel, co-chaired the Stimson Commission on Drone Policy and the 2014 National Defense Review, as well as leading several other national level assessment panels dealing with military issues. He currently serves as a Director of the George Olmsted Foundation, USAA, Virtu Financial, and RPM International.

Abizaid retired from the United States Army as a four-star General in May 2007, after thirty-four years of active service. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he commanded units at every level, serving in the combat zones of Grenada, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Units under his command include the 1st Infantry Division, a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division and two Ranger companies. He studied at the University of Jordan in Amman, holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and has deep expertise in regional as well as international strategy.


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


"Stalin and Putin's Rise"

Stephen Kotkin, Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Stephen Kotkin, Ph.D. is the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs and Acting Director of the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program at Princeton University.

Kotkin has been teaching in the department since 1989. He holds a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton. He is also a Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Kotkin established the Princeton department's Global History initiative and workshop and teaches the graduate seminar on global history since the 1850s. He served on the core editorial committee of the World Politics, flagship journal in comparative politics. He founded and co-edited a book series on Northeast Asia that published six volumes. From 2003 until 2007, he was a member and then chair of the editorial board at Princeton University Press. From 1996 until 2009 he directed Princeton's Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has been the vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and acting director of the Princeton Institute for International and regional Studies. In 2014-15 he is serving as acting director of what is now Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. Outside Princeton, from 2006 (until taking a break in February 2009) he was the regular book reviewer for the New York Times Sunday Business section. His latest book is “Stalin, vol. I: Paradoxes of Power.” His research interests include authoritarianism, geopolitics, global political economy, empire and modernism in the arts and politics.


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


The Presidential Lecture Series presents “Innovation and Creativity: Pioneering Work with Apple and the Future of Information Technology”

Steve Wozniak

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
7:00 p.m. at the UNF Arena

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, Wozniak went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon” by Norton Publishing.


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



"India Rising"

Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

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

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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.


"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.