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Kuehne inaugural speaker series to showcase national security experts

From a UNT News Service press release

The UNT Kuehne Speaker Series lineup for the 2013-2014 season includes:

  • 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.
    • When: Dec. 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
    • Where: Tower Club, 1601 Elm Street in Dallas
  • Gen. Michael Hayden, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and director of the Central Intelligence Agency
    • When: Feb. 4 from noon to 1 p.m.
    • Where: TBD
  • 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 book The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate.
    • When: May 6 from noon to 1 p.m.
    • Where: TBD

Tickets for each lecture are:

Learn more about the series and speakers at

To showcase the university's scholarly expertise and programmatic excellence in military history, political science, economics, peace studies and cybersecurity, UNT has established the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series on National Security.

UNT alumnus Ernie W. Kuehne Jr. ('66) pledged $300,000 to support the series, which will present three speakers each year. Kuehne, who will be honored in April 2014 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.

Kuehne's most recent gift is intended to highlight UNT's established programs in military history, political science, economics, peace students, cybersecurity, history, sustainability, logistics, computer science and engineering and experimental sciences.

"No other university in this region is prepared to leverage scientists, engineers, philosophers and policymakers from such a wide array of disciplines to advance our understanding of national and economic security," Kuehne says. "I wanted to help UNT play a greater role in those global conversations."

Michael Monticino, vice president of Advancement, says the speaker series enables UNT to highlight the nationally and internationally recognized programs and faculty experts engaged in multidisciplinary research related to national security issues.

"Ernie Kuehne's generous gift demonstrates once again that he is among UNT's most visionary and ardent supporters," Monticino says.

The first UNT Kuehne Speaker Series will be presented in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to promoting international awareness and cross-cultural understanding in the North Texas region.

Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at


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