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 UNF Public Relations at (904) 620-2125. For information about other campus events, please search in the online calendar of events or go to Cultural Events. 

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

“China: Opportunities and Challenges”

Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

  Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chairman of No Labels. He began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four US presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, US trade ambassador, and most recently, US ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. Twice elected governor of Utah, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America. Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region. This was a far better result than in his run for the Presidency in 2012 where he ultimately placed third in the New Hampshire primary before bowing out.

 

He currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Hilton Worldwide, the US Naval Academy Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Governor Huntsman has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy. Huntsman is the father of seven children, including two adopted daughters from China and India. His two sons are midshipmen at the US Naval Academy, where his oldest son was selected as a Naval aviator. Huntsman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has nine honorary doctoral degrees.


This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

Peggy Noonan

“The Road Ahead: A New Path and Leadership for the U.S.”

Peggy Noonan

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00 p.m. at the Herbert University Center

e-Tickets will be available on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of eight books on American politics, history and culture. In 2008 the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year. Forbes Magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in TIME , Newsweek , The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.

 

 With experience from both the inside, as a member of the White House staff, and the outside, as an observer of politics, Noonan brings a unique and thoughtful analysis of our nation and its leaders to her speeches. Filled with humorous anecdotes and political insight, her speeches are as entertaining as they are thought-provoking. In a presentation described as “absolutely amazing” and “funny and self-deprecating and so smart,” audiences will leave with a deeper, new and more informed perspective on politics.


This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

The Sultan and The Saint

The Sultan and The Saint

A Timeless Story for Today's Peacemakers

Sunday, April 9, 2017
2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Andrew A. Robinson Theater

e-Tickets will be available on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Sultan and The Saint film tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present.

 

Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian- Muslim conflict known as the Crusades.

 

Following the Jacksonville premiere of the film, a living room-style conversation will be held with students, community leaders, and Alex Kronemer - the co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), its Executive Director and Executive Producer for all UPF Films such as this one.