November 30, 2007
New York, N.Y.
Flynn follows Madeleine Albright and Kerry Emanuel as
Parkinson Distinguished Lecturers
The St. John’s University School of Risk Management and
Actuarial Science (SRM) once again hosts its prestigious William J.
Parkinson Distiguished Lecture Series with featured guest Dr.
Stephen E. Flynn, top authority on national security. The event,
sponsored by the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library of SRM,
will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Saval
Auditorium at the University’s Manhattan Campus.
Former William J. Parkinson Distinguished Lecturers that have
recently graced the Manhattan Campus at St. John’s University
include: Madeleine Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State
(1997-2001) serving in President Bill Clinton’s administration, and
Kerry Emanuel, professor of meteorology at MIT, named as one of
Time Magazine’s 100 Influential People of 2006.
“The goal of the Parkinson Distinguished Lecture Series is to
attract world-renowned experts and thinkers to our Manhattan
campus, to discuss critical issues involving the risks in the 21st
century," said Ellen Thrower, Executive Director of the School of
Risk Management. "We are very pleased to have Dr. Stephen
Flynn, one of the nation's leading authorities on national security
and terrorism, as our fall, 2007 distinguished speaker" she
Moderator for the event is Steven N. Weisbart, Ph.D., CLU, Vice
President & Chief Economist, Insurance Information
Dr. Flynn, noted as one of the world’s most widely cited experts
on national security, will deliver a lecture entitled “Terrorism,
Catastrophic Disasters and the New National Resiliency Imperative,”
addressing the subject of his 2007 acclaimed book: The Edge of
Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation.
A senior fellow with the National Security Studies Program at
the Council on Foreign Relations since 1999, Dr. Flynn is also
author of the critically acclaimed bestseller America the
Vulnerable. His books have been featured in Time, as the cover
story of U.S. News & World Report and as the subject of two CNN
His distinguished career includes serving in the White House
Military Office during the George H.W. Bush administration and as
director for Global Issues on the National Security Council during
the Bill Clinton administration.
The William J. Parkinson Distinguished Lecture Fund was
established at The College of Insurance on December 17, 1987, in
memory of Mr. Parkinson’s contribution to Johnson & Higgins and
the insurance and risk management industry.
The lecture and post-lecture reception are by invitation only.
All media members are requested to RSVP to Dominic Scianna,
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations by calling (718)
990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.