Gov. Huntsman to Speak at Duke on Changing Political Landscape

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomat, businessman and twice-elected Republican governor of Utah, will deliver part two of his Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series, on Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m. at Duke University.

The talk, “Today’s Changing Political Landscape: Foreign and Domestic,” in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy is free and open to the public.  A reception in the lobby will follow the talk.

In a dialogue with Sanford professor Philip Bennett, Huntsman will discuss U.S.-China relations in the context of the recent leadership transitions and incidents of intellectual property theft. He will also share his thoughts on how the Republican Party can adapt and seek to broaden its appeal.

Huntsman served as U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He has held positions in the administrations of four presidents and was a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Twice elected as governor of Utah, serving from 2005 to 2009, Huntsman tripled the state’s rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named by the Pew Center on the States as the best-managed state in America.

Bennett is the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke. Previously, Bennett was the managing editor of The Washington Post, and was an editor of international and national security coverage and a foreign correspondent.

Event parking is available at the visitors lots on Science Drive or at the Bryan Center. The event is not ticketed and seating will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture is presented by the Sanford School of Public Policy.