"The NSA and Privacy"
General Michael Hayden v. Barton Gellman
Thursday, April 3rd
8:00-10:00 pm, Mary Graydon Center 2 - 5 & Ward 2
General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and the NSA. As head of the country’s keystone intelligence-gathering agencies, he was on the frontline of geopolitical strife and the war on terrorism.
Hayden entered active duty in 1969 after earning both a B.A. and a M.A. in modern American history from Duquesne University. He is a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. In his nearly 40-year military career, Hayden served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He has also served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at the headquarters of the U.S. European Command, at the National Security Council, and the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He also served as deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces in South Korea.
From 1999–2005, Hayden served as the Director of the NSA and Chief of the CSS after being appointed by President Bill Clinton. He worked to put a human face on the famously secretive agency. Sensing that the world of information was changing rapidly, Hayden worked to explain to the American people the role of the NSA and to make it more visible on the national scene.
After his tenure at the NSA and CSS, General Hayden went on to serve as the country's first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. In May of 2006, President George W. Bush appointed General Hayden as the Director of CIA; he served until 2009. As Director, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US.
Valued for his expertise on intelligence matters like cyber security, government surveillance, geopolitics, and more, Hayden has been a frequent commentator for major news outlets, as well as a foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Hayden was also featured in the HBO documentary Manhunt, which looked at espionage through the eyes of the insiders who led the secret war against Osama bin Laden.
Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He also serves on a variety of boards and consultancies. In 2013, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) awarded Hayden the 29th annual William Oliver Baker Award.
Barton Gellman is a two time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Edward Snowden’s man at The Washington Post.
A critically honored author, journalist, and blogger, Gellman is currently a contributing Editor at Large at Time magazine, Lecturer and Author in Residence at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, as well as a Fellow at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice.
Gellman graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He then went on to earn his M.A. in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.
Gellman spent 21 years on the staff of the Washington Post. In previous postings, Gellman covered the Washington, D.C. courts, 1991 Persian Gulf War, U.S. intervention in Somalia, and the social upheavals relating to the status of gays and women in the military. In 1994, Gellman became Jerusalem bureau chief, covering peace negotiations, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and the ascent of Benjamin Netanyahu. Later, Gellman returned to Washington as a diplomatic correspondent, covering Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the collapse of the UNSCOM effort to disarm Iraq. In 1999, Gellman moved to New York to take up a role as a special projects reporter. In 2010, Gellman left the Washington Post to concentrate on his own personal writings. He also joined Time magazine as a contributing editor at large.
As a journalist and author, Gellman has won numerous awards. In 2002, he shared a Pulitzer for National Reporting with his colleagues for their reporting on the September 11 attacks. Gellman's series on Dick Cheney, with partner Jo Becker, also won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, as well as a George Polk Award, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The series went on to become his bestselling book, Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named a New York Times Best Book of 2008. The Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors have all honored Gellman’s work.
In 2013, Gellman returned to the Washington Post on a temporary contract to lead the newspaper’s coverage of Edward Snowden and the NSA. Gellman’s articles are based on the classified intelligence documents given to him by Snowden. As a result of these documents, Gellman and NY Times reporter Laura Poitras broke the story of the PRISM program, which mines data from nine U.S. Internet companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Facebook.
In addition to his Cheney book, Gellman is the author of Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power, as well as a history of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Currently, Gellman also writes the CounterSpy blog about digital privacy and security, and he is working with Spring Creek Productions to adapt his Cheney book for an HBO movie. He is also is in the process of writing a book on the expansion of government surveillance since the Sept. 11 attacks.
"The Role of Art in Liberal Democracies"
Rogar Kimball v. TBA
Wednesday, April 16th
8:00-10:00 pm, Mary Graydon Center 3 - 5
Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. He is an art critic for National Review and writes a regular column for PJ Media at Roger’s Rules. Mr. Kimball lectures widely and has appeared on national radio and television programs as well as the BBC.
Kimball's latest book is The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (2012). He is also the author of The Rape of the Masters, Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse, and Art's Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity. Other titles by Kimball include The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America and Experiments Against Reality: The Fate of Culture in the Postmodern Age.Mr. Kimball is also the author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education.
Kimball is a frequent contributor to many publications in the US and England, including The New Criterion, The Times Literary Supplement, Modern Painters, Literary Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, Commentary, The Spectator, The New York Times Book Review, The Sunday Telegraph, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and The National Interest.
Kimball is also a contributor to and co-editor, with Hilton Kramer, of Against the Grain: The New Criterion on Art and Intellect at the End of the Twentieth Century, The Future of the European Past: Essays from The New Criterion, The Betrayal of Liberalism: How the Disciples of Freedom and Equality Helped Foster the Illiberal Politics of Coercion and Control, The Survival of Culture: Permanent Values in a Virtual Age, Lengthened Shadows: America and Its Institutions in the Twenty-First Century, and Counterpoints: 25 Years of The New Criterion on Culture and the Arts. In addition, Mr. Kimball edited and provided introductions to an edition of Walter Bagehot's Physics and Politics: Or, Thoughts on the Application of the Principles of "Natural Selection" and "Inheritance" to Political Society and Against the Idols of the Age, an anthology of writings by the Australian philosopher David Stove.
Kimball has served on the Board of Advisors of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College, Annapolis and Santa Fe, and Transaction Publishers. He currently serves on the board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.