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Safe & Free? Civil Liberties & the Fight for National Security

April 10, 2017 - April 11, 2017

*Not an official GCDP event, Hosted by The Riley Institute at Furman*

A two-day symposium featuring ten prominent Furman alumni

7:00 p.m. April 10 & 11, 2017
McAlister Auditorium
Furman University

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs with support from J. Kelly Sisk Fund and Mayville Fund.

Ten Furman alumni spanning five decades of the Furman experience share their expertise during this two-day symposium. These distinguished alumni will share their knowledge and experiences not only during the evening events, which are free and open to the public, but also throughout their days on campus–in classes, over meals with students and faculty, and in other small group settings.

On April 10, “Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security” will examine the current national security environment and how we address the challenges we face in an increasingly complex world. How do military strategists, intelligence agencies, diplomats, scientists and technology specialists respond to threats nimbly while working within the existing constructs and the rule of law?

On April 11, speakers will weigh the value of government surveillance against the importance of Americans’ civil liberties. Edward Snowden’s leaks that shone a spotlight on questionable government surveillance practices are viewed as criminal by some and patriotic by others. Who gets to decide what is revealed and when? We want the government to be able to provide for our safety, but how willing are we to sacrifice personal freedoms for a greater sense of security?

Join us April 10th and 11th for two nights of powerful and insightful presentations and discussions on these critical issues. Both sessions will be moderated by tenth Furman president and historian David Shi, Furman class of 1973.

To view all biographies, click here.

To read an article from Furman News about Maj. Gen. Chris Ballard, click here.
April 10: The Fight for National Security
7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Keynote Address: America’s Current and Future National Security Challenges

Lieutenant General John Mulholland, U.S. Army, ret., Furman class of 1978, former commander, Special Operations Command Central, and former associate director for Military Affairs at the CIA

Panel Discussion:

Major General Chris Ballard, Furman class of 1984, commander, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command

Sheana Cavitt, Furman class of 2004, senior professional, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Jennifer Lambert, Furman class of 2001, foreign affairs officer at U.S. Department of State

April 11: Spying on Americans? Balancing Safety, Free Speech, and Privacy
7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Keynote Address: The Case for Government Surveillance

Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, U.S. Navy, ret., Furman class of 1966, former U. S. Director of National Intelligence

Panel Discussion:

Eli Dourado, Furman class of 2002, Director of Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; incoming head of Global Policy and Communications, Boom

Maurice Owens, Furman class of 2000, head of D.C. office for Libra and former coordinator of the White House situation room

Michael Roosevelt, Furman class of 1981, former CIA senior intelligence officer

Jessica Taylor, Furman class of 2007, National Public Radio’s lead digital reporter


April 10, 2017
April 11, 2017


The Riley Institute at Furman
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC 29613 United States
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