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Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates to speak at UNT Sept. 7

From a UNT News Service press release


Robert M. Gates

Robert M. Gates

  • What: Distinguished Lecture Series featuring former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
  • When: 8 p.m., Sept. 7
  • Where: UNT Coliseum located on the southeast corner of North Texas Boulevard and Highland Street (600 Ave. D) on the UNT Denton campus.
  • Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the information desk on the third level of the University Union, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Reserve tickets by calling 940-565-3805.
    • One free ticket for students with their UNT ID card and $15 for student guests.
    • $20 for UNT faculty, staff and alumni, as well as veterans, or $30 for floor-level seats.
    • $25 for general public, or $40 for floor-level seats

Former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who served from 2006 to 2011, will speak at UNT on Sept. 7 as part of the university's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Gates' keynote address is part of a week of events planned on the UNT campus to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Other UNiTe II Remember events include a letter writing campaign to active duty troops, a blood drive, panel discussions featuring experts from around the world on foreign and domestic policy issues, and a Sunday memorial service.

The Distinguished Lecture Series intends to introduce the university community to the excellence of world-class speakers whose messages will enhance student learning outside the classroom.

Prior to serving as the 22nd secretary of defense, Gates was interim dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 1999 to 2001, and later became president of Texas A&M University. Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966, and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional.

Gates has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Security Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has received CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, three times.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by UNT's Division of Student Affairs. Previous speakers include former president George W. Bush, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Bill Nye, Suze Orman and Vicente Fox.

For more information, contact Hope Garcia, director of Student Affairs Administration, at 940-369-8324.

Leslie Wimmer with UNT News Service can be reached at Leslie.Wimmer@unt.edu.

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