Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense and Republican U.S. Senator from Nebraska, will deliver the Seventh Annual Culver Lecture at Simpson College.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Hubbell Hall, located in the Kent Campus Center on Simpson’s main campus in Indianola, Iowa.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Hagel served as the 24th Secretary of Defense from February 2013 to February 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and the first enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense.
In that Cabinet position, Hagel launched a comprehensive Strategic Choices and Management Review, managed the U.S. military response to growing instability in Syria and Ukraine and urged NATO allies to increase their resource commitments to common defense.
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 from his home state of Nebraska, Hagel established a reputation as an independent-minded, defense-oriented Republican. He won re-election in 2002 and retired after his second term concluded in January 2009.
After retiring from the U.S. Senate, Hagel served as a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, chaired the Atlantic Council, and co-chaired the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
During the fall of 2016, Hagel served as a Joint Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Some of his current commitments include serving on the Board of Trustees of RAND and the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank America and Corsair Capital, Senior Advisor to Gallup and the McCarthy Group, and Distinguished Executive in Residence at Georgetown University. Hagel has also served on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board of Directors.
Early in his public service career, Hagel served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration under President Reagan. He authored the book, America: Our Next Chapter and was profiled in Charlyne Berens’ 2006 book, Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward.
“The Culver Center is honored to welcome Secretary Hagel to Simpson College to deliver this year’s Culver Lecture,” said Seth Andersen, Director of the Center. “His far-ranging, dedicated service to our nation and to presidents of both parties gives him unique and timely insights into critically important issues of national security, intelligence, and foreign relations.”
Previous speakers for the annual Culver Lecture series include the late U.S. Sen. George McGovern, political commentator Mark Shields, former New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, political consultant David Axelrod and journalist Elizabeth Drew.
The John C. Culver Public Policy Center was established at Simpson College in 2010 to honor the service of John C. Culver, who served the people of Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Simpson College strives to honor Culver’s example by inspiring young people to pursue careers in service with integrity and moral courage. The Center’s nonpartisan programs seek to educate and inspire young people to actively participate in our democracy and encourage them to consider public service as their life’s work.