brennan-headshotThe Gritty Truth: Counterterrorism in an Era of Instability
by John O. Brennan, Former CIA Director

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 11 AM
@Utah Museum of Fine Arts-Dumke Auditorium
No tickets required. Seating is extremely limited. Doors open at 10:15am.

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John O. Brennan | CIA Director (2013–2017); Assistant to President Barack Obama for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor (2009–2013); Interim Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Founding Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (2003–2005). 

Former CIA Director John Brennan to deliver the 2018 World Leaders Lecture @theU
Brennan’s “no-holds-barred” discussion addresses cybersecurity, terrorism, biotechnology threats, and the importance of shared  intelligence between allies.


February 22, 2018 – The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, in partnership with World Trade Center Utah, presents the 2018 World Leaders Lecture Forum by former CIA Director John Brennan. Brennan’s discussion, “The Gritty Truth: Counterterrorism in an Era of Instability” will be held Wednesday, March 14, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts-Dumke Auditorium beginning at 11am. Tickets are not required but seating is limited.

Brennan’s discussion centers around the current geopolitical landscape. With thirty-six years of intelligence agency experience, Brennan offers the “gritty truth” about national security, terrorism hot spots, and foreign affairs and will offer insight about how the War on Terror impacts our everyday lives and businesses. He will discuss the future of cybersecurity and the challenges posed by international instability and biotechnology threats.

“John Brennan, former Director of the CIA during the Obama Administration,” says U Professor Bob Goldberg, “has long been at the center of America’s security response to international threats.  He comes to us at a time when such dangers not only menace our physical safety, but strike at the very heart of our democracy.”

John O. Brennan was sworn in as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on March 8, 2013. As director, he managed intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services.

Before becoming director, Brennan served at the White House for four years as assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. During that time, he advised President Barack Obama on counterterrorism strategy and helped coordinate the U.S. government’s approach to homeland security, including its policies for responding to terrorism, cyber-attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics.

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World Leaders Lecture Forum Advisory Board
Sheri Bolding, Philanthropist; Zach Berger, President, Associated Students of the University of Utah; Anne Dolowitz, Philanthropist; Spencer P. Eccles, Managing Director, The Cynosure Group; Bob Goldberg, Director, Tanner Humanities Center; Page Juliano, Realtor, Page Juliano Real Estate; Derek Miller, President and CEO, World Trade Center Utah; Mike Morris, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Zions Bank; David Peterson, Partner and CPA, Haynie and Company; Naoma Tate, Philanthropist

Community Sponsors
Anne and Darrel Brodke, Brigham Young University, Chevron Corporation, Kathy Christiansen, Deseret Management Corporation, Salt Lake Community College, The Semnani Family Foundation, The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative  (USTAR), Utah Valley University, XMission

University of Utah Sponsors
Asia Center, Associated Students of the University of Utah, Center for Latin American Studies, College of Humanities, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business, David Eccles School of Business, Department of Communication, Hinckley Institute of Politics, International Studies Program, Marriott Library, Middle East Center, Office of Global Engagement, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of Institutional Advancement, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights, University Information Technology


About the World Leaders Lecture Forum | ARCHIVE

Launched in 2007, the World Leaders Lecture Forum brings to Utah individuals of international stature and global impact whose influence shapes world events. The series serves as a catalyst for discussion of global concerns with both immediate and long-term consequences and enables students and the general public to become socially, politically and intellectually focused on events beyond America's borders. Past lecturers include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mohamed ElBaradei and Shirin Ebadi, former Doctors Without Borders President James Orbinski, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Last Updated: 3/12/18