ITHACA, N.Y. -- Sandy Berger, national security adviser for former President Bill Clinton, will deliver the annual Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Lecture Friday, June 6, at 3 p.m. in Bailey Hall to Cornell University alumni and guests attending the university's annual Reunion weekend.
The lecture on "America in a Changing World" is free and open to the public.
Berger, a Class of 1967 graduate of Cornell, is an expert in economies, diplomacy and military power. He served as national security adviser from 1997 to 2000, and was described by The New York Times as "the most influential national security adviser since Henry Kissinger." He served as deputy national security adviser from 1993 to 1996, and was deputy director of the State Department's policy planning staff from 1977 to 1980.
After completing his service in the Clinton administration, Berger became chairman of Stonebridge International, a strategy firm that serves business clients worldwide.
Berger holds a J.D. degree (1971) from Harvard Law School and is the author of numerous articles on international affairs as well as a book on American rural politics, Dollar Harvest (1971).
The lecture is sponsored by the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, which in 1986 established an endowment to foster intellectual exchange on topics relevant to higher education and the world situation. Previous Olin lecturers include Lee Teng-hui, then president of Taiwan; Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas; and Dick Cheney, the current vice president.
Berger presented the Olin lecture at Cornell's 2001 Reunion, when he spoke about "America's Role in the Global Age." He also delivered the Senior Convocation address in 1999.