Lincoln (Neb.) - Oct. 16, 2000 - R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will deliver the first lecture in the 2000-01 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Woolsey's address, "National Security at the Dawn of the 21st Century," will begin at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. The forum is free and open to the public. It is also available live via satellite at sites throughout Nebraska, including College Park in Grand Island, Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Northeast Community College in Norfolk, and the Panhandle Learning Center in Scottsbluff. It will be broadcast live on Channel 21 on Lincoln cable television and on campus radio station KRNU (90.3 FM).
In addition to his term as CIA director from 1993 to 1995, Woolsey also served as U.S. ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (1989-91); under secretary of the Navy (1977-79); and general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services (1970-73). He was also appointed by President Reagan as delegate at large to the U.S.-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks, and served in that capacity on a part-time basis in Geneva from 1983 to 1986. During service in the U.S. Army, he served as an adviser on the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I).
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Woolsey is a partner in the law firm of Shea and Gardner in Washington, D.C. He is a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Clean Fuels Foundation.
Woolsey's lecture is the first of four in this year's Thompson Forum series. Future Thompson lectures are:
- Nov. 28, David P. Forsythe, Charles J. Mach distinguished professor of political science at UNL, "Justice After Injustice: What Response After Atrocities?"
- March 5, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, professor emerita of anthropology, University of California at Davis, "How Maternal Instincts Shaped the Human Species"
- April 3, Rick Foster, vice president for programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, on international food systems.
Major funding for the Thompson Forum is provided by the Cooper
Foundation, which was founded in 1934 by Joseph A. Cooper, a Russian
immigrant who believed in the power of knowledge. The series is named in
honor of E.N. Thompson, chair of the foundation and originator of the
Thompson Forum. The series is co-sponsored by UNL.
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