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Jon M. Huntsman to deliver the 2012 Weil Lecture on American Citizenship

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Jon HuntsmanJon M. Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China, will deliver the Weil Lecture on American Citizenship at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The free public talk, hosted by UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH), will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 12 in Hill Hall Auditorium. Huntsman will address the topic of “America 2012 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities” through a discussion with Hodding Carter, UNC professor of leadership and public policy and former State Department spokesman for President Jimmy Carter.  

Huntsman will also participate in a question and answer session open to the public that afternoon from 4:00-5:15 pm in the University Room of Hyde Hall, the home of the IAH.

Following on the heels of the November 6 election, Governor Huntsman will converse with faculty, students and community members about the results and his vision for America’s future. His run in the 2012 Republican presidential primary along with his breadth of experience abroad offers him a perceptive view of the implications of this important election on both domestic and foreign policy, specifically regarding China. 

He recently stated that the United States’ relationship with China is “the [one] that will matter the most in the 21st century” (Foreign Policy, October 2012), and he has remained committed to encouraging and engaging in this critical conversation following his tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to China.

“The Weil Lecture has brought key national figures to campus since 1915,” said IAH Director John McGowan, “and we are pleased to have a statesman of Jon Huntsman’s stature coming to UNC this fall.”

Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. began his career in public service as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. Presidents in critical roles around the world, including U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador and most recently U.S. Ambassador to China.

Twice elected as Governor of Utah, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. Under his leadership, Utah was named the best managed state in America and the best state in which to do business by the Pew Research Center. Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region, and also served on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.

Governor Huntsman most recently ran as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination until leaving the race in January 2012. He currently serves on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, The University of Pennsylvania, as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, and as a trustee of the Reagan Foundation. He is also the chairman of The Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and has seven honorary doctorate degrees.

The Weil Lecture, established in 1915 by brothers Henry and Solomon Weil, aims to widen discussion of the American scene. President William Howard Taft delivered the first Weil Lecture and other distinguished speakers have included President Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, U.S. Senators J. William Fulbright, Nancy Kassebaum and John Kerry, and most recently, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Other speakers have been members of Congress, diplomats, political commentators and renowned scholars. The Institute for the Arts and Humanities has hosted UNC’s Weil Lecture on American Citizenship since 2000. 

Each succeeding Weil generation has continued a tradition of philanthropy and community involvement, leading in causes including women’s suffrage and civil rights and serving as UNC trustees. The Weil Lecture is one of many contributions to the University by the Weil family.

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is a faculty development center in the College of Arts and Sciences. The IAH supports UNC faculty at every career stage, funding individual and collaborative research, showcasing faculty work, developing faculty leaders and teachers and facilitating the formation of collaborative, interdisciplinary communities that promote intellectual exchange.

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This event does not require reservations or tickets. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The University respects the rights of speakers invited to campus to be heard and to complete their presentations, regardless of the content of their speech. The University also respects the right of individuals to protest and express their views. The guidelines at this link apply to events hosted by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and follow University protocol for speaker events occurring inside University buildings.

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