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David M. Kennedy Center welcomes lecturers March 21-22

A variety of national and international speakers will address topics from French cinema to American foreign policy in a series of David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies lectures at Brigham Young University during the week of March 19.

Admission to the lectures will be free, and the public is welcome. All addresses will take place in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

  • Wednesday, March 21: Stéphane Pillet, associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, will speak on “Representation and Resistance of the Provinces in Contemporary French Cinema” at noon.

After serving with BNP Paribas and Allianz Group in Paris, Pillet returned to school to earn bachelor’s degrees from the Université de Champagne-Ardennes in France and the College of Charleston in South Carolina, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Pillet now publishes on French business topics and literature, including his latest title, “Stéphane Mallarmé et le Saint-Esprit.”

  • Thursday, March 22: “The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences” will be the topic for Louis Uchitelle, economics writer for The New York Times, Thursday at noon.

Since joining the Times staff in 1980, Uchitelle has reported from Mexico, France, Russia and Ukraine and recently wrote on the Asian crisis and its global economic consequences. He currently writes the column “Economic View,” which appears on Sundays. Uchitelle has also written about job and labor issues, corporate and labor economics and the Federal Reserve System, among other topics.

  • Thursday, March 22: Matthew Berrett, director of the Office of Iraq Analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency, will address “The U.S. Intelligence-Policy Dynamic” at 4 p.m.

Berrett was appointed to his position in January 2006 following service as deputy director for nearly two years. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, Berrett joined the CIA in 1985 as an economic analyst on Iran and Iraq. He has since worked as Vice President Dick Cheney’s morning intelligence briefer; as financial attaché with the U.S. Department of State in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and as a senior analyst, teaching a landmark CIA course on intelligence analysis.
All lectures will be archived online. For more information on David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at

Writer: Lee Simons

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