Robert Gates Opens 2013-14 Bryan Series
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will offer insights Tuesday, Oct. 29, from a 40-year career in public service and intelligence in the opening event of this year’s Bryan Series.
He served eight presidents, including as Defense Secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2006-11. He spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional, including two years as director of the CIA.
In addition to his government work, he was president of Texas A&M University. President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom — America’s highest civilian honor.
The former Defense Secretary will meet with students and faculty the day of his visit. His evening public talk is at 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium, and free tickets and transportation have been provided to Guilford students, faculty and staff.
The Friends of the Library are presenting a faculty seminar on Robert Gates’ career led by political science professor Robert Duncan Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m. It’s on second floor of Hege Library and open to anyone, with refreshments served.
The series continues Tuesday, Nov. 19, with ocean explorer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic.
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