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Distinguished Voices Lecture Series

Thank you for your interest in our Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. E-tickets become available at 9:00 a.m. on the date listed beside each lecture. If you have any questions about the lecture series, please contact Molly Espinoza, Assistant Director of Special Events, at (904) 620-4334 or by email at


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The Threat to National Security in a 5G Era
David Sanger

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

Order TicketsThe Threat to National Security in a 5G Era

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Security Correspondent for The New York Times David E. Sanger is known for his extensive research and deep investigations into the complex events of our time.  Sanger is one of the nation’s most lucid analysts of geopolitics, globalization and cyber power. He is a National Security and Political Contributor for CNN and a frequent guest on CBS This Morning, Face the Nation, and PBS.

With more than 35 years as a foreign correspondent, Sanger speaks on a wide range of diplomatic and national security issues, from the NSA to nuclear proliferation and the rise of cyber conflict between countries. Drawing from his investigative work, Sanger brings a unique view into the rise of Asia, cybersecurity, global competition, and a volatile Middle East.

His latest book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, is an incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.

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Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Roger McNamee

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

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Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners and author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. His most recent fund, Elevation, included U2’s Bono as a co-founder. 


He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Roger plays bass and guitar in the bands Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System and is the author of Zucked, as well as The New Normal and The Moonalice Legend: Posters and Words, Volumes 1-9. He has served as a technical advisor for seasons two through five of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” series and was also responsible for raising the money that created the Wikimedia Foundation.



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Global Power and Sea Power
Admiral James Stavridis

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Monday, December 23, 2019

 A retired four-star officer in the U.S. Navy, Admiral James Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006 to 2009. Admiral Stavridis holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group all in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.

Admiral Stavridis is an Operating Executive focused on advising the Carlyle Group’s executive team and investment professionals on geopolitical and national security issues.

Previously, he served as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

He earned his PhD in international relations and his MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and he is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Admiral Stavridis is Chair of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute, Chair of the Board of Counselors at McLarty Associates, a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

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China: The Asia-Pacific Struggle for Control
Malcolm Turnbull

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Malcolm Turnbull’s career spans journalism, law, business and politics.  After growing up in Australia, Malcolm studied at Sydney University and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.  He returned to Australia to practice law and then established an investment banking firm in 1987 and during that time specialized in the media and technology sectors. He co-founded the first big Australian Internet company, OzEmail Ltd, listing it on the NASDAQ in 1996 and selling it to Worldcom three years later.


Malcolm joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 becoming a partner of the firm the following year and headed

their Australian business for four years until he retired to pursue a political career. He entered the House of Representatives in 2004 and  served as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Minister for Communications; finally, he served as Prime Minister from 2015 to 2018.  


During his time as Prime Minister, Malcolm delivered strong economic growth, record jobs growth and

at the same time reduced both corporate and personal income taxes. His Government legalized same sex marriage and reformed federal schools funding to be fair, consistent, and needs based across the nation and across school sectors. He successfully negotiated with President Trump to maintain a refugee resettlement deal he had agreed to with President Obama and to ensure Australia was not hit with tariffs or quotas on its steel and aluminium exports to the US. When Trump pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Malcolm refused to allow that 12 nation free trade deal to fall by the wayside and he rallied the remaining eleven countries to commit to a continuing TPP-11. 

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Unique Perspectives on Global Hotspots
Brett McGurk

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

One of the longest-serving and most effective national security experts of his generation, Brett McGurk served as a top advisor on critical diplomatic and military strategies under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. Deeply involved in Middle East strategy and diplomacy, McGurk helped design and then led the successful campaign to defeat ISIS together with a coalition of 75 countries.


McGurk has led negotiations with hostile states, including Iran and Russia, as well as allies in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Iraq and Afghanistan under President Bush, McGurk helped develop “The Surge,” a fundamental and successful shift in Iraq war strategy. Under President Obama, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran and spearheaded 14 months of secret talks with Iran that led to a prisoner swap and release of six Americans—prompting the New York Times to cite him as “a doer” in high-stakes negotiations. He also helped build the largest international coalition in history to confront ISIS and led the campaign under both Obama and Trump before resigning his position in December 2018 following Trump’s order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria.


McGurk’s unparalleled vantage point provides an insider’s view of the interplay between nations and an assessment of America’s role on the ever-changing world stage. He will outline some of the toughest diplomatic challenges of our time, providing audiences with a new understanding of how deadlocks can be overcome, decisions can be made under fire, and skilled negotiations can lead to a successful conclusion.