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U.S. military, international education topics for David M. Kennedy Center lectures

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will be hosting two lectures to kick off the new school year:

Major Gregory A. Weisler from the United States Army, Utah National Guard, will be lecturing Wednesday, Sept. 8, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. He will discuss the U.S. military in Africa and his experience in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Weisler is the commander of the military intelligence detachment for the 19th Special Forces Group from Utah. He has recently returned from six months in Djibouti, where he served as the director of intelligence for the Special Operations Command and Control Element - Horn of Africa.

He is enrolled in the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Weisler has received many awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals and two Army Achievement Medals.

Tora Aasland, minister of research and higher education for Norway, will be lecturing Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. in 115 David O. McKay Building. Her lecture is titled “The Internationalization of Education and Research.”

Previous to her appointment in 2007, Aasland worked as researcher and manager at the Institute of Social Research with the University of Oslo and as regional state governor.

In her political career, she has held key positions in the Socialist Left Party. She was an elected member of Parliament, served as vice president of the Legislative Assembly in Parliament and as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

For more information on these lectures, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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