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Tom Ridge, First Secretary of Homeland Security, Joins Global Experts to Talk Terror, Democracy and More at The Connecticut Forum

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Forum launches its 20th Anniversary Season with a live, unscripted conversation about Global Affairs: A World of Revolution on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at The Bushnell.
Global Affairs: A World of Revolution
Saturday, October 1, 2011
8pm LIVE at The Bushnell
Tickets and Information at

Renowned panelists include Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Anne-Marie Slaughter, former director of policy planning for the State Department, and Robin Wright, distinguished foreign affairs expert and award-winning journalist and author. Michel Martin, host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” will moderate this discussion about war, revolution, democracy, economic transformations, global power and more.

For panelist interviews and media coverage at this event,
contact Jamie Daniel at (860) 509-0909 ext. 14.
Tom Ridge, First Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Following the events of September 11, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Secretary of the newly created Department of Homeland Security, heading the largest government reorganization since the Department of Defense was created in 1947. Ridge was also twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, where he served as the state’s 43rd Governor from 1995-2001.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Former Director of Policy Planning for the State Department
A distinguished writer, commentator, and teacher on a wide range of global affairs, Anne- Marie Slaughter is a preeminent voice on U.S. foreign policy and international security. She was the first woman to hold the position of Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, where she served from 2009-2011 as the head of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private think tank.

Robin Wright, Distinguished Foreign Affairs Expert, Award-Winning Journalist and Author
Robin Wright has reported and served as a roving foreign correspondent from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, CBS News, Foreign Affairs, and many others. Until 2008, she covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. Her most recent book is Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic world, which explores the rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security threats throughout the Islamic world.

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