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Former NSA, CIA director Michael Hayden to speak in Dallas as part of UNT national security series
By UNT News Service
Jan 30, 2014
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DENTON (UNT), Texas —  Gen. Michael Hayden, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, will be the second featured speaker in the inaugural University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security.

Hayden will discuss national security at noon Feb. 4 (Tuesday) at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., in Dallas. Tickets are $45 for UNT alumni or $60 for the general public. Members of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Dallas Regional Chamber may also purchase tickets at the discounted rate. Reservations for a table of eight are $500 for UNT alumni and members of collaborating organizations or $650 for the general public. Purchase tickets at www.kuehneseries.unt.edu.

“Given last year's Edward Snowden revelations, General Hayden's talk for the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security couldn't be more timely,” said Robert Citino, professor of history at UNT and visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. “After months of often thoughtless commentary on both sides, it will be good to hear an actual authority weighing in.”

UNT alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne Jr. (’66) has pledged $300,000 to support the series, which presents three speakers each year. Kuehne, who will be honored in April with the UNT Distinguished Alumni Award, also recently led efforts to raise more than $3 million in 30 days for a basketball training facility, a state-of-the-art scoreboard in the UNT Coliseum and scholarships for Mean Green Athletics.

“The University of North Texas Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security dovetails nicely with UNT’s faculty expertise in political science, military history, geography, economics, applied sciences and peace studies,” said Dr. Art Goven, dean of the UNT College of Arts and Sciences. “Ernie Kuehne’s commitment to fund the speaker series provides the College of Arts and Sciences’ faculty and students a platform to showcase and advance their research in national and economic security.”

The Dallas Regional Chamber and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth are collaborating with UNT to promote the first UNT Kuehne Speaker Series. The Dallas Regional Chamber is the area’s leading membership-driven business organization committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to promoting international awareness and cross-cultural understanding in North Texas.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis, chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors and the first Navy officer to have served as both commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, served as the first speaker in the series on Dec. 3.

The last speech in the 2013-2014 season of the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series will feature author and geopolitical analyst Robert D. Kaplan, who was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for his work including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. Kaplan will speak at noon May 6. Purchase tickets at www.kuehneseries.unt.edu.