Sept. 26, 2013
Morningside College’s 2013 Waitt Lecture will feature Jared Cohen, best-selling author, founder and director of Google Ideas, and former advisor to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. The lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., is free and open to the public.
Cohen’s lecture will focus on the global transformation being driven by the expansion of digital technologies and the ways people use them. Cohen has traveled to Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and much of Africa in order to understand the impact that technology will have on societies, governments and economies.
Cohen is the founder and director of Google Ideas, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and the coauthor with Eric Schmidt of the New York Times best-seller “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business.” He also is the author of “Children of Jihad” and “One Hundred Days of Silence.” Previously, he served as an advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.
Earlier this year, Time magazine named Cohen one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Vanity Fair has named him a member of the “Next Establishment.” The Washington Post and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government have named him one of six "Top American Leaders," and Foreign Policy listed him as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers."
Cohen currently serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Director’s Advisory Board. He received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Norman Waitt Jr., a 1986 Morningside graduate and a member of the Morningside College Board of Directors, established the Waitt Lecture Series at Morningside College in 1997. Recent lecturers have included presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter, economist/humorist Ben Stein, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.