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CONTACT:  Mary Anthony

March 7, 2011


All Tickets to See the Honorable Colin L. Powell Deliver the Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs at Trinity University Have Been Distributed



SAN ANTONIO General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired), will discuss “Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust, and Values” during the 2011 Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Laurie Auditorium.


All tickets for the free public lecture have been picked up. Overflow seating will not be available for this lecture.


Powell became the 65th Secretary of State on Jan. 20, 2001. Before serving in the cabinet, the general was a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and National Security Advisor to President 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 this time, he oversaw 28 crises including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War. That experience served him well, both before and particularly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.


He was devoted to pursuing opportunities as well as to confronting the global and regional security challenges of the 21st century. He was at the forefront of the administration's efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide – in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in the promise of the Millennium Challenge Account – the most significant change in helping needy nations since the Marshall Plan – and in pursuing a freer trading and investment climate worldwide.


Powell earned a bachelor's degree in geology from City College of New York. Powell also participated in ROTC and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a master's of business administration from The George Washington University.


He is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the 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.


Powell's 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 to include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.


He was the founding chairman of America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, a national crusade to improve the lives of our nation’s youth. He has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University and the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund. Powell also served on the Board of Governors of The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and was a member of the advisory board of the Children's Health Fund.


Since returning to private life, Powell has become a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Powell is the founder of the Colin Powell Policy Center at City College of New York. 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.  Powell is the author of his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey.


The Flora Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs is made possible by an endowment gift by Mrs. Flora C. Crichton of San Antonio.


For more information, contact Mary Anthony in the Office of University Communications at 210-999-8441.




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