Abrams, Leonhardt, Warren to speak at Duke next week

Abrams to speak on Middle Eastern agenda

Former White House Adviser Elliott Abrams will speak at Duke March 16. He is currently a Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow.

Abrams is previously served under former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Next Tuesday’s event is titled “The Freedom Agenda and the Middle East” and will take place in the Sanford School of Public Policy at 5:30 p.m.

“Few people have had as intimate knowledge as he has on a range of pressing issues like relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Iran, or prospects for reform in the Middle East,” Peter Feaver, professor of political science and co-director of the American Grand Strategy program, said in a statement Tuesday.

The von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowment Fund and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy are among the sponsors for the event.

NYT columnist Leonhardt to speak on health care

David Leonhardt, New York Times reporter and columnist, will speak at the Sanford School of Public Policy March 18.

In “Read My Lips: The Coming Battle Over Taxes,” Leonhardt will discuss, among other topics, the effects of the recession and the political debate over funding for health care reform. The event will begin at 5 p.m.

Leonhardt has worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post, and he has been writing about economics for The New York Times for 10 years.

His talk is sponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

Warren to discuss African AIDS ministry

Kay Warren, author and AIDS activist, will speak at Duke March 19.

Warren will talk about working with African AIDS orphans during the event, co-sponsored by the Duke Chapel and ZOE Ministry, a United Methodist organization that works to assist orphans afflicted by AIDS. The speech will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

“Duke Chapel is proud to be a host and sponsor of these exciting events that connect us with lives of those living heroically in the face of the challenges that HIV/AIDs presents,” Gaston Warner, director of university and community relations at Duke Chapel, said in a statement Tuesday.

Also next Friday, Rev. Shane Stanford will lead a symposium in Goodson Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Stanford contracted HIV through a blood transfusion and will discuss his experiences as a minister under the circumstances.


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