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Colin Powell to speak at Miami in January

12/04/2007

Gen. Colin Powell
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) will speak at Miami University Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, as this year's Jack R. Anderson Distinguished Lecturer. His theme is "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values."

Powell's talk, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. in Millett Hall on Miami's Oxford campus. It is presented by Miami's Farmer School of Business.

Powell has been called one of the most respected public figures in America today. As secretary of state he led the State Department in major efforts to solve regional and civil conflicts in the Middle East; in Sudan, Congo and Liberia; in the Balkans, Cyprus, Haiti, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. He was especially concerned with the peace and security of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Before becoming secretary of state in January 2001, Powell served as a key aide to the secretary of defense and as national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan. He also served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 - 1993).

During his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he oversaw major crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Throughout his career, Powell has used diplomacy and the universal ideal of democracy to build trust, forge alliances and begin to transform once-unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures can prosper.

Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. He has received awards from over two dozen countries, including a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Powell was the founding chairman of America's Promise-The Alliance for Youth, a national crusade to improve the lives of our nation's youth that he established in 1997. He also founded the Colin Powell Policy Center at his alma mater, the City College of New York, and he is helping to raise funds for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. and for the construction of an education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Since returning to private life, General Powell has become a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He is also on the board of directors of Revolution Health Group. His autobiography, My American Journey, has been a best seller.

The Jack R. Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series brings to the Oxford campus world leaders whose thought-provoking commentaries expose students, faculty and community members to ideas that affect business and society. Previous speakers in this series include Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the USSR; Queen Noor of Jordan; Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor; and former British Prime Minister John Major.

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