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Distinguished Voices Lecture Series

UNF is proud to partner with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville to bring distinguished speakers to our campus. 
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2022-2023 Schedule


Fiona Hill

"Russia, The US, and The World" 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
7:00 pm EST at the Herbert University Center

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Fiona Hill is the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019.

From 2006 to 2009, she served as the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is the co-author of "Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin" (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).

Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations. Hill has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues.

Her book with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy, "The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold," was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2003, and her monograph, "Energy Empire: Oil, Gas and Russia's Revival," was published by the London Foreign Policy Centre in 2004. The first edition of "Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin" was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2013, also with Clifford Gaddy. Hill holds a master's in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She also holds a master's in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland and has pursued studies at Moscow's Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Graeme Wood

"The Complicated US-Saudi Relationship" 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
7:00 pm EST at the Herbert University Center

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Graeme Wood is a staff writer at The Atlantic and a journalist in residence at Yale University. He began his career reporting in Cambodia in 1998, then lived and reported in the Middle East, including long stints in Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He joined The Atlantic in 2006 and has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Jane's Defence Weekly, and The New Yorker. His 2015 Atlantic cover story on the Islamic State, "What ISIS Really Wants," is the most-read story in the history of the magazine. His book The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State (Random House) was one of Foreign Affairs "Best Books of the Year" and won the Canadian Governor General's Award for Nonfiction.

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