Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will speak at UF on Sept. 26.
Daniel Landesberg, ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau chairman and 21-year-old UF telecommunication senior, said Donilon was a great choice to cover the recent controversy.
“We thought it was a pretty exciting opportunity for students to spend the evening with the man that briefed the president of the United States every morning,” Landesberg said.
He said having a speaker who was so close to contentious issues is a rare opportunity. Many figures are imprisoned or in different countries. Donilon is fresh out of office.
The talk will be in the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the talk will start at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Student tickets will be available for pickup Sept. 25 and general admission at 5 p.m. the day of the event.
Chris Tabares, a 20-year-old food science and human nutrition transfer student, said seeing such an important figure in politics would be too interesting to miss.
“He was right next to the president every day,” he said. “He probably has some really interesting stories to share about his time in office.”
A version of this story ran on page 4 on 9/18/2013 under the headline "Former NSA adviser to speak at UF"