Will explore leadership, politics and intelligence.
Jan. 16, 2019 – Public service and politics are at the forefront of Drew University’s Drew Forum speaker series this semester.
First up is former CIA Director John Brennan, followed by political strategist Ana Navarro and John Kasich, the former U.S. Congressman, governor and GOP presidential candidate. Here’s a closer look at each speaker.
Feb. 10: John Brennan
Brennan led the CIA from 2013 to 2017, after serving as an assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Earlier in his career, he spent 25 years in the CIA, working as a counterterrorism analyst, intelligence briefer, chief of staff and deputy executive director. He’s now a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, 7 p.m. Tickets are available here.
Feb. 27: Ana Navarro
As a strategist, Navarro advises GOP candidates for U.S. and state offices. In 2008, she was national Hispanic co-chair of John McCain’s presidential campaign and in 2012, she held the same role in Jon Huntsman’s bid for the White House. Navarro is also a leading Hispanic Republican voice who regularly appears as a pundit on CNN and Telemundo. And last year, she became a weekly co-host on ABC’s The View.
The Concert Hall inside the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.
April 9: John Kasich
Kasich represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years, serving on the Armed Services Committee and chairing the House Budget Committee. Subsequently, he became governor of Ohio, leading the state for eight years. In 2016, he ran for president in a field of 16 GOP candidates and was the last to withdraw before Donald Trump became the nominee. He’s also the author of four books.
Simon Forum, 8 p.m. Tickets are available here.
Drew Forum is supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Thomas H. Kean, the former two-term New Jersey governor who served as president of Drew from 1990 to 2005. Past guests include former Vice President Joe Biden, astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers David McCullough and Colson Whitehead.
About Drew University
Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and 148 full-time faculty members, 99% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College of Liberal Arts confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.
Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, New York City Semesters focusing on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and Media and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.