Joan E. Bowes - James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

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Date and Time

  • Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




"Our War: How, After a Usual Period of Peace, the World Returned to Normal — War and Preparation of War. Americans Didn't Expect It, But There is No Escape from It."


  • 5:30 p.m. — Doors open
  • 6 p.m. — Presentation
  • 7 p.m. — Reception

About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Ledeen is a Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is an internationally renowned scholar on Iran, Iraq, terrorism, and international security. Ledeen has served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department, and as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State. Ledeen holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome. 

Ledeen is the author of more than 35 books, including Field of Fight: How to Win the War Against Radical Islam and its Allies, co-authored with General Michael T. Flynn (St. Martin's Press, 2016). His previous books include Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West, The War Against the Terror Masters; The Iranian Time Bomb; Tocqueville on American Character; and Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away. 

About the Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

Established by long-time La Jolla resident and civic activist Joan E. Bowes, the speaker series was created to promote the open exchange of ideas and to inspire law students and other members of the San Diego community. Bearing the name of James Madison—fourth president of the United States and "Father of the Constitution"—this annual series brings distinguished speakers from the fields of law, diplomacy, government and politics to the University of San Diego.


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