April 19, 2007
CLARK COLLEGE WELCOMES
2007 DISTINGUISHED LECTURER
Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar
and author of “Against All Enemies”
will speak on May 7 as part of Clark College’s Distinguished Lecture Series
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar and author of “Against All Enemies,” will speak at Clark College on May 7 as part of the college’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
Long known as one of the hard-liners against terrorists, Richard Clarke served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. In total, he has worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades to combating the terrorist threat to America.
Richard Clarke will speak at 7 p.m. in the Gaiser Hall Student Center. Admission is free but seating is limited. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. In addition to his keynote address, Richard Clarke will hold a discussion forum for Clark College students.
Clark College Interim President Robert K. Knight said, “We are proud to bring nationally-known newsmakers such as Richard Clarke to Clark College and Southwest Washington. Our Distinguished Lecture series provides learning opportunities outside of the classroom. It affirms our commitment to lifelong learning.”
Richard Clarke’s appearance is sponsored by Clark College, the Associated Students of Clark College and the Clark College Foundation.
About Richard Clarke
Prior to an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, Richard Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community and State Department. During the Reagan Administration, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence; and under the first Bush Administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, coordinating diplomatic efforts and subsequent security arrangements to support the 1990-91 Gulf War. In total, he has worked for seven presidents and devoted three decades to combating the terrorist threat to America.
In his explosive 2004 New York Times best-seller "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror," Clarke charged that President George W. Bush's administration took lightly the threat of al-Qaida prior to 9/11 and afterward focused on Iraq rather than Osama bin Laden. The book also outlined “both successes and failures of President Clinton's administration's efforts to combat al-Qaida, why the United States failed to prevent the horrific attacks on 9/11, the Bush administration's response to the attacks, and the hidden costs of invading Iraq.”
Clarke's 2007 release, "Breakpoint," is his second work of fiction. Set in 2012, the story is set in a "global village," where a computer program has been built to outsmart the human brain. A group of men and women come together to find and stop the terrorist group before they succeed in destroying global government, economic and communication systems. "Breakpoint" was released two years after Clarke's first work of fiction, "The Scorpion's Gate," in which Islamic fundamentalists take control in Saudi Arabia and the United States appeared headed toward another war in the Middle East.
As Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC, Clarke today advises clients on a range of issues, including corporate-security risk management, information-security technology, dealing with the Federal Government on security and IT issues, and counterterrorism. Clarke is also an on-air consultant with ABC News and director of the Hart-Rudman Task Force on emergency responders.
About the Clark College Distinguished Lecture Series
The Clark College Distinguished Lecture Series was established to bring regionally and nationally renowned speakers to the college to engage students, faculty and the greater community on issues of regional, national and global importance.
The 2006 Clark College Distinguished Lecturer was Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, the former tobacco industry executive who blew the whistle on the industry's health safety issues in a landmark "60 Minutes" interview and became the basis for Russell Crowe's character in the film “The Insider.”