“Heroic Leadership in American History” [PBK Event]

3 Oct

We’ve secured 25 free seats for UHPers to this exclusive PBK event!  If you want to attend, please email uhp@gwu.edu letting us know, and we’ll put your name on the list!

DAVID ABSHIRE

“Heroic Leadership in American History”

David M. Abshire is President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. and also President of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation of New York, which gives grants in the fields of science and education.  He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., which he co-founded with Admiral Arleigh Burke in 1962, and served as its chief executive for many years.

Dr. Abshire served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations from  1970-1973 and later as the first Chairman of the U.S. Board of International Broadcasting.   He was a member of the Murphy Commission on the Organization of the Government, the President’s Foreign intelligence Advisory Board, and the President’s Task Force on U.S. Government International Broadcasting.  During the transition of government in 1980, Dr. Abshire was asked by President-elect Reagan to head the National Security Group, which included the State and Defense Departments, the U.S. Information Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency.  He has also served on the Advisory Board of the Naval War College and on the Executive Panel of the Chief of Naval Operations.

More recently in 1983-1987, he was Ambassador to NATO where, in reaction to the threat posed by Soviet SS-20 missiles, he was the United States point man in Europe for deployment of Pershing and Cruise missiles.  Ambassador Abshire initiated a new conventional defense improvement effort so that NATO would not have to rely heavily on nuclear weapons.  For this, he was given the highest Defense Department civilian award—the Distinguished Public Service Medal. In December 1986, at the depths of the Iran-Contra crisis, he was called by President Reagan to leave NATO to serve in the Cabinet, as Special Counselor, and help restore confidence in the Presidency.

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
TIME: 6:30 CHECK IN & REGISTRATION
7:00 LECTURE
WINE AND CHEESE NETWORKING RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
WHERE: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, FUNGER HALL 103, 2201 G STREET NW, WASHINGTON, DC
TICKETS: $15 FOR PHI BETA KAPPA MEMBERS AND GUESTS. TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE AND LOGIN WITH PBK ID OR DC AREA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ID (1385136) AND PASSWORD (DCASSOCIATION). TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
CONTACT: FOR QUESTIONS, PASSWORDS, AND UNSUBSCRIPTION REQUESTS PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO LECTURE@PBK.ORG

THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN CONJUNCTION WITH PBK and the University Honors Program

_______________________________________________________________________ The Phi Beta Kappa Lecture Series was established by the national office of the Society in order to provide members with greater opportunities for intellectual fellowship and to allow the Society to return to its historic role of participation in larger, national dialogue about the important issues of our time.  This series also gives the national office an opportunity to collaborate with Phi Beta Kappa associations and chapters in cities throughout the U.S. in an effort to bring interesting and relevant speakers to our members.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society
1606 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC – lecture@pbk.org

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