Distinguished Speakers Series continues Oct. 11 with geo-strategist Parag Khanna
Posted: 10/05/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American will welcome global political economist and geo-strategist Parag Khanna on Oct. 11 as its second speaker in the 2010-2011 Distinguished Speakers Series.

- Parag Khanna

Khanna is one of today's most respected voices on the future of global affairs. Named one of Esquire magazine's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," Khanna was a foreign policy advisor to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. Also named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2009, Khanna has amassed a prodigious knowledge of world affairs by traveling to more than 100 countries and learning French, Hindi, Spanish, German and Arabic. He currently serves as senior research fellow and director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation, which invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the international community.

He is author of the international bestseller, "The Second World: How Emerging Powers are Redefining Global Competition in the 21st Century," which has been translated into 15 languages and led to The New York Times Book Review hailing Khanna as a "geopolitical whiz kid." His latest book, "How to Run the World: A New Diplomacy for an Unstable Era," charts a course leading to economic and geopolitical stability.

A visible voice in international media, Khanna has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, and NPR and is a frequent contributor to publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Week.

His presentation, "Invisible Maps," looks beyond political borders and demonstrates how changing global economic factors are shaping the geopolitical future. His presentation, which is free to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the UTPA campus. Priority seating for UTPA students, faculty and staff with a valid UTPA ID begins at 7 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:20 p.m. Seating is limited.

The Distinguished Speakers Series, now in its seventh year, is underwritten by student fees as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee, and receives support from the Student Union and other University departments. Other speakers scheduled for the 2010-2011 Distinguished Speakers Series include David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and former presidential adviser, on Feb. 23, 2011 and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, author and host of the PBS program "NOVA Science NOW," on March 28, 2011.

For more information or if special accommodations are needed, call (956) 665-7989.