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Citadel News Service
27 Nov 2012

Former Bush aid to lecture on U.S. global development

ONE at The Citadel will host a lecture on U.S. global development and soft power by Michael Gerson at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Bond Hall Room 165. The lecture is free and open to the public, including cadets and the campus community.

michael gersonGerson, a nationally syndicated columnist, author and former advisor to President George W. Bush, is currently serving as senior advisor to ONE, a bipartisan international non-governmental organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty and preventable disease.

Gerson also served as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning and was a key advocate for the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Malaria Initiative, the fight against global sex trafficking, and funding for women's justice and empowerment issues. Before that, Gerson served as the White House deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting.

Author of "Heroic Conservative" and co-author of "City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era," Gerson is the Hastert Fellow at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College in Illinois. He also serves on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the board of directors of Bread for the World, the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council and the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee. He is co-chairman of The Poverty Forum and co-chairman of the Catholic/Evangelical Dialogue.

From 2006 to 2009, Gerson was the Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served as senior editor covering politics at "U.S. News and World Report." He was a speechwriter and policy advisor for Jack Kemp and a speechwriter for Bob Dole. He also served as policy director for Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana.

For more information, call the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at 843-953-7477.

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