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Gerber Lecture Series

David and Laraine Gerber
David and Laraine Gerber

The Gerber Lecture Series began in 2001 with a generous endowment from Pacific alumnus David Gerber '50 and his wife, Laraine. Since 2001, the School of International Studies has brought international leaders to the Pacific campus.

David Gerber is one of Pacific's most outstanding and accomplished alumni. He attended Pacific after serving in the U.S. Air Corps in Europe during World War II, where for 13 months he was held as a prisoner of war. Gerber graduated from Pacific in 1950 and began a lifelong career in the television and movie industry. As a television executive, Gerber revitalized several major television companies: Columbia Pictures Television in the late '70s, and from 1986 to 1992, MGM Television.

Gerber was a member of Pacific's Board of Regents from 1987 to 2001. Laraine and David both served on the Advisory Board of the School of International Studies and have generously endowed the Gerber Lecture Series.

 


2019 Gerber Lecture Series Speaker: Gen. Wesley Clark

Topic: "World Events and National Security"
Feb. 7 | 6 p.m. | Faye Spanos Concert Hall

Gen. Wesley Clark  

Wesley Clark retired as a four-star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (BA and MA) as a Rhodes scholar. 

While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). He was the principal author of both the U.S. National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing US warfighting for full-spectrum dominance. He also participated with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in the Dayton Peace Process, and helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement. 
In his last assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
This event is free and open to the public. 

 

Past Gerber Lecturers

 Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Laureate and lawyer from Iran, Dr. Gro Brundtland, the first female Prime Minister of Norway, Cesar Gaviria, the former President of Colombia, Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico, and Nicholas D. Kristof, NY Times Columnist.

picture of Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame

Bishop Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

 Vicente Fox

Vicente Fox

Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Dr. Gro Bruntland

Dr. Gro Brundtland

Cesar Gaviria

Cesar Gaviria

 

Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof

For more information:

Global Environmental and Health Leader, Dr. Gro Brundtland spoke at Pacific on "Confronting Global Challenges: Global Warming – Global Health"

Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner spoke at Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall on May 3, 2007.

Ebadi was the honored speaker for the 2007 Spring Gerber Lecture Series. Her talk entitled, "Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope" was based upon her recent book.