The Gritty Truth: Counterterrorism in an Era of Instability

03/14/2018 @ 11:00 am America/Denver Timezone
Dumke Auditorium at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)
Marcia & John Price Museum
410 Campus Center Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Tanner Humanities Center
The Gritty Truth: Counterterrorism in an Era of Instability @ Dumke Auditorium at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) |  |  |

The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, in partnership with World Trade Center Utah, presents the 2018 World Leaders Lecture Forum by former CIA Director John Brennan. Brennan’s discussion, “The Gritty Truth: Counterterrorism in an Era of Instability” will be held Wednesday, March 14, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts-Dumke Auditorium beginning at 11am. Tickets are not required but seating is limited.

Brennan’s discussion centers around the current geopolitical landscape. With thirty-six years of intelligence agency experience, Brennan offers the “gritty truth” about national security, terrorism hot spots, and foreign affairs and will offer insight about how the War on Terror impacts our everyday lives and businesses. He will discuss the future of cybersecurity and the challenges posed by international instability and biotechnology threats.

“John Brennan, former Director of the CIA during the Obama Administration,” says U Professor Bob Goldberg, “has long been at the center of America’s security response to international threats. He comes to us at a time when such dangers not only menace our physical safety, but strike at the very heart of our democracy.”

John O. Brennan was sworn in as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on March 8, 2013. As director, he managed intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services.

Before becoming director, Brennan served at the White House for four years as assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. During that time, he advised President Barack Obama on counterterrorism strategy and helped coordinate the U.S. government’s approach to homeland security, including its policies for responding to terrorism, cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics.

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About the World Leaders Lecture Forum
Launched in 2007, the World Leaders Lecture Forum brings to Utah individuals of international stature and global impact whose influence shapes world events. The series serves as a catalyst for discussion of global concerns with both immediate and long-term consequences and enables students and the general public to become socially, politically and intellectually focused on events beyond America’s borders. Past lecturers include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mohamed ElBaradei and Shirin Ebadi, former Doctors Without Borders President James Orbinski, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

About the Tanner Humanities Center
Since 1988, the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center has promoted humanities inquiry and exchange by supporting innovative scholarly projects and creating opportunities for interaction among scholars, students and lifelong learners. We offer twenty programs in three major areas: research support, public lectures and programs, and faculty outreach. Our activities reflect a vision of the humanities as not only relevant, stimulating, and cutting-edge, but also essential for developing critical thinking, tolerance and respect at the University of Utah and in our community.