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    How Safe Are We?

    A Conversation with Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Moderated by Anne Kornblut

    When: Thursday, 7/11/2019 7:00 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

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    Spend an evening learning about the state of our national security from one of the foremost experts in the field. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will be speaking about her experiences with domestic security, our current state of affairs, and what she sees as the road map for the future. Drawing on her personal experiences, as well as her new book, HOW SAFE ARE WE? Ms. Napolitano will shed light on how safe we truly are and what we can do to protect ourselves in an ever-changing world. 

    About the Book: 
    It has been nearly two decades since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In the years since that terrible day, the US has changed in fundamental ways: how we protect our borders, how we ward off foreign and domestic attacks within those borders, how we travel, how we respond to natural disasters and climate change, and, ultimately, how we conduct our politics. As the first US Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama administration and the third in the department's history, Janet Napolitano shows in HOW SAFE ARE WE?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 what we have accomplished since that awful day, where the critical security gaps remain, and where dangerous new ones have opened—and how to close them. In doing so, she argues that political blind spots abound. 

    The book is peppered with stories from Napolitano's career—from her time as two-term governor of Arizona to her service in the Obama administration—with reflections on what it means to have a calling in public service, as well as the importance of changing expectations about whether women are "tough enough" to protect the public. "Homeland security is not only the job of the secretary or of the 240,000 professionals who work for the department," says Napolitano, "it is everyone's responsibility." If Americans work together to restore this common purpose, remain vigilant and refuse to live in fear, we can build a safe, secure and resilient way of life for all. 

    About the Author:
    Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009–2013. Before that, she was the governor of Arizona, previously serving as attorney general of Arizona and before that as US attorney for the District of Arizona. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation's top five governors by Time magazine. Since 2013, she has served as the president of the University of California.

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    About the Moderator:
    The evening will be moderated by Anne Elise Kornblut, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist currently serving as Director of New Initiatives for News at Facebook. Over the course of her career in news, Kornblut has served as a senior editor and journalist at the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Boston Globe. She has covered four presidential elections and, in 2008, wrote the critically acclaimed book on women in politics, Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and What it will Take for a Woman to Win

    Books will be available for sale at the event for $26 plus tax. Book sales provided by Books Inc. Palo Alto.


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    Thursday, July 11
    7:00 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
    $20 General Public (ticket only) | $15 Members and J-Pass holders (ticket only) | $10 Students (ticket only)
    Contact: Esther Young | (650) 223-8678 | [email protected]

    Praise for HOW SAFE ARE WE?:
    "Janet Napolitano provides a knowledgeable report card on what works well in securing our nation and what still needs improvement. Her fact-based and practical observations should be welcomed by those looking for clear assessments of how safe we really are." ~ Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005–2009

    "A smart, strategic and impactful book on the security of America. The compelling narrative weaves together Janet's incredible life experience with her insightful commentary on some of the biggest issues we face today—from cybersecurity to immigration, to natural disasters. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to make sense of which threats are real and which are dangerous political theater." ~ Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services

    "A compelling account of Homeland Security in the twenty-first century—where we were, where we are and where we need to go. This book offers common sense approaches to these threats and others that continue to rapidly evolve." ~ William Bratton, former New York City Police Commissioner and former Chief of the LAPD

    "A measured, thoughtful analysis… A clear-eyed, rational examination of a government office that plays a key and often misunderstood role in the lives of all Americans." ~ Kirkus Reviews

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