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City Lights - "The State of National Security 10 Years after 9/11" **SOLD OUT**

Dennis Jett, professor of international relations and former U.S. ambassador Lynda Tollner ’84, program director for One World Trade Center and Penn State alumna

  • City Lights
May 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where 9/11 Memorial and Marriott Downtown in New York City
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Contact Phone 800-548-LION (5466), option 5, option 1
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Cost: $25 Alumni Association members, $40 non-members, $15 children (6–18 years old, under 5 are free)

Have you wondered about the state of America’s national security since the attacks of 9/11? How does one measure something like national security? Dennis Jett will discuss his own experiences serving the interests of the U.S. government and will provide a look at the state of national security more than a decade after the 9/11 events. Lynda Tollner, who is overseeing the construction of One World Trade Center, will talk about the rebuilding of the site. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the 9/11 Memorial after the program.


Dennis Jett served for 28 years in the U.S. State Department in varied positions including ambassador to Peru and Mozambique and serving on the National Security Council, as well as in Argentina, Israel, Malawi, and Liberia. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Jett served for eight years as the dean of the University of Florida International Center. He has written two books, Why Peacekeeping Fails and Why American Foreign Policy Fails: Unsafe at Home and Despised Abroad. He has been widely interviewed by national and international media and has written more than 100 op-ed pieces for major newspapers. Jett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Penn State engineering alum Lynda Tollner ’84 is overseeing the construction of One World Trade Center, which will be 1,776 feet high, with 2.6 million square feet of office space, an observation deck, and broadcast and antenna facilities. Tollner has more than 27 years of experience in project management and structural engineering and has worked for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for nine years. Previously, she managed design and construction for a variety of commercial, institutional, and transportation facilities, including projects at LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, and the Port Authority's current headquarters.



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