Trinity University will host retired Adm. James Stavridis, Ph.D., as the speaker for the 13th annual Maverick Lecture. Stavridis, a decorated veteran, best-selling author, columnist, and chief international security analyst, will present his lecture, "Beyond the Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk,” on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium.
Stavridis spent 37 years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star admiral with more than 50 medals. Among his many commands, he spent four years as the 16th supreme allied commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and counter-piracy off the coast of Africa. He also served as commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-09.
He earned a doctorate from The Fletcher School at Tufts, winning the Gullion prize as the outstanding student in his class in 1983, as well as academic honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student.
Following his military career, he served for five years as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2016, he was vetted for vice president by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.
Along with his military and academic achievements, Stavridis has published 12 books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world. His 2021 book, 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, was a New York Times bestseller. Additionally, his social media presence has gained him attention. His 2012 TED talk on global security has over 1,000,000 hits. Stavridis is currently a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and chief international security analyst for NBC News.
The Maverick Lecture is an event that honors the late Maury Maverick Jr., the legendary civil rights lawyer, former member of the Texas Legislature, Marine, and iconoclastic newspaper columnist. The lecture explores topics that defined Maverick's place in American civic discourse. The Maverick Lecture is underwritten by the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation.
This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. For any questions about the lecture, please reach out to the Office of Conferences and Special Programs at (210) 999-7601. Learn more about this event here.