Thanks to WCC for this announcement:
Westchester Community College is pleased to present the institution’s annual President’s Forum event, The Arab Spring-Prelude to Democracies or Dictatorships? to be presented on Sunday, November 20. The panel discussion in the Academic Arts Theatre, moderated by Lester M. Crystal, president, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will conclude with a wine and cheese reception and book signing at 4:30 p.m. The panelists are:
Elliott Abrams, special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bush and currently senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council for Foreign Relations.
Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, long time national security correspondent for The New York Times and former Assistant Secretary of State under President Carter.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, ranking Democrat of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Ambassador Richard Murphy, former United States Ambassador to Syria, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and the Philippines, Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East and South Asia under President Reagan and former Chairman of the Middle East Institute in Washington.
Moderator Lester M. Crystal was instrumental in preparing the NewsHour program for its launch as the nation’s first hour-long nightly newscast. Prior to NewsHour, Crystal was president of NBC News, executive producer of NBC Nightly News, and producer of The Huntley-Brinkley Report. Scarsdale resident Crystal is on the Westchester Community College Foundation board of directors.
The President’s Forum, a fundraising event for student scholarships and faculty and institutional development, has been presented by the Westchester Community College Foundation for the past 27 years. Tickets start at $25 (closed circuit TV) and $75 (theatre seating). For further information on tickets, please call 914-606-6558 or visit www.sunywcc.edu for details.