Thomas Donilon, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, and Barton Gellman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes about national security, privacy, secrecy and surveillance, will give a free talk Oct. 30. Hodding Carter, University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy, and former State Department spokesperson during the Jimmy Carter administration, will moderate the free public discussion.
Donilon and Gellman are the Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professors in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The event will be at 5:30 p.m. in the G-100 auditorium of the Genome Sciences Building.
Donilon served as national security adviser to the president until June of 2013. He oversaw the National Security Council staff, chaired the National Security Principals Committee, provided the president’s daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence and military efforts, including the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Donilon has worked closely with and advised three U.S. presidents since 1977.
Gellman was one of three journalists who interviewed and received documents from Edward Snowden in late spring 2013. Gellman’s stories for The Washington Post revealed the National Security Agency’s PRISM program and other aspects of government surveillance. He has a forthcoming book for Penguin Press on “the surveillance industrial revolution.” He spent 21 years at The Washington Post as a legal, military, diplomatic, foreign and special projects correspondent before leaving in 2010 to become a contributing editor at large for Time magazine.