Conference focuses on American leadership in a dangerous world

ORONO – The importance of American leadership in a dangerous world will be the focus of the 2022 Cohen Lecture with Gen. James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Medal of Honor recipient Lance Cpl. Kyle Charpentier.

The conference is scheduled to take place at the University of Maine on Monday, April 4. The 11 a.m. in-person event at the university’s Collins Center for the Arts, 2 Flagstaff Road, hosted by Felicia Knight, President of the Knight Canney Group, is free and open to the public.

The Cohen Lecture is offered by UMaine’s Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service, led by political science professor Richard Powell and designed to model, promote, and teach leadership and civic engagement through programs that reflect and honor Secretary Cohen’s public service legacy, according to a University of Maine press release.

Cohen, a Bangor native who represented Maine in Congress for 24 years before joining President Clinton’s cabinet, created the series when he donated a collection of his congressional papers to the Fogler Library in Washington. ‘UMaine. In 2001, he also donated his papers from his tenure as Secretary of Defense.

Cohen is CEO and President of the Cohen Group in Washington, DC, which provides global business advice.

Mattis served as the 26th Secretary of Defense from 2017 to 2018. During his 43 years in the Marine Corps, he commanded combat tours at the platoon, battalion, regimental, brigade, division, force and theatre. This included commanding the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom and the 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. His time in the military culminated with three years as commander of US Central Command, where he oversaw efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and helped shape US policy toward Iran.

Mattis is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he lectures and writes on national and international security policy.

Carpenter was a 20-year-old marine in Afghanistan in 2010 when he threw himself on a grenade during a Taliban attack to save the life of another serviceman. During his three-year recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, he underwent nearly 40 surgeries. In 2014, Carpenter received President Barack Obama’s Medal of Honor for his act of selflessness. He is the youngest living recipient of the nation’s highest military honor for bravery.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Carpenter’s military awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor, Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, United States Service Medal, NATO, a combat action ribbon and the Purple Heart, the award he is most proud of.

UMaine’s Cohen Institute trains future generations of young people destined for leadership roles in various disciplines to be ethical, visionary, innovative, civil, thoughtful, and independent-minded in service to Maine, the United States. United and of the world. Its flagship programs include the Cohen Lecture, conducting UMaine’s Interdisciplinary Minor in Leadership Studies, a leadership program in Washington D.C., a summer leadership program for Maine high school students, and many other projects. and initiatives.

Registration is required by calling 207-581-1755 or visiting To request a reasonable accommodation, call 207-581-1755.

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