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Kean University announces Powers, Axelrod as fall lecture series speakers

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and political strategist David Axelrod will speak at Kean University this fall as part of Kean University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King III and futurist Jamie Metzl will also speak in Spring 2020.

All of the lectures are free and open to the public, however reservations are required.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.


“With the Distinguished Lecture Series, we are bringing internationally acclaimed thought leaders to Kean’s campus to challenge and broaden our perspectives on contemporary issues,” Kean President Dawood Farahi said. “The speakers this year are outstanding and will undoubtedly give us unique and informed insights on current events.”

Power, who was ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama administration, will speak on the theme The State of the World: Challenges and Opportunities at Kean’s STEM Building on Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Alexrod will speak Nov. 21 at Kean’s STEM Building. He was a former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Obama and will discuss The Evolving Media and Political Landscape in the run-up to the 2020 presidential primary season. Axelrod currently serves as founding director of the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics and as a CNN political commentator.

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