Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host several book club-style discussions throughout the academic year to generate civil discourse on a variety of contemporary topics. The first book in the series is The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by Gen. Michael V. Hayden, coinciding with his visit to campus Thursday, Sept. 27.
Free copies of the book are available for the first 25 students, faculty and staff who request one by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19. All Vanderbilt community members are invited to a discussion with Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, and Zeppos at 4 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Alumni Hall Lounge.
Hayden’s lecture, which is open to the general public, will take place later that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Books will be on sale in the auditorium lobby before and after the event, as well as at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt in the days prior to the event. Hayden will participate in a book signing following the conclusion of his lecture.
In his book, Hayden argues that the work of American intelligence agencies has never been more important, yet the intelligence community finds itself under siege. He notes that the nation’s truth tellers are being attacked at the same time that America’s international strategy remains undefined in Russia, North Korea and China.
Details about other books and events in this series will be posted on the Chancellor’s website later this semester.