Special Harvard Club Faculty Speaker Event:

Professor Juliette Kayyem Speaks on Homeland Security


Juliette Kayyem


Please join fellow alumni of the Harvard Clubs of Northern New England for this special and timely virtual event.


When:    Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6:00-7:00 pm


Where:    We will meet via Zoom, the web-conferencing app that many of you may already be familiar with.


Register:    For security reasons, this will be a closed meeting for invitees only.  Please register by Sunday, November 28.


RSVP:    Please RSVP by clicking here.  This is open to all members of the Harvard Club in Maine.

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Questions:   For questions about the event, please email harvardclubinmaine@gmail.com or call Robert Stier Jr. at (207) 370-7257.

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Our Speaker:    Juliette Kayyem has spent the last two decades in both state and federal government managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises. She is currently the Senior Belfer Lecturer in International Security at the Kennedy School of Government, where she is faculty chair of the Homeland Security and Security and Global Health Projects.  Previously, she served as President Obama's Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, where she played a pivotal role in major operations responding to the BP Oil Spill and H1N1 pandemic. She has also advised former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


As the majority of us are at home socially distancing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Professor Kayyem has become the face of tough-love crisis management: she will tell us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear. In the process, she is advising mayors, governors, and CEOs, laying out a path forward for readers of her columns in The Atlantic, informing millions of viewers on CNN where she serves as a National Security Analyst, and teaching her many Twitter followers about the “preparedness paradox” and the need to understand a basic truth of this crisis: “Reality bites, but it is all we got.”  A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Professor Kayyem told us in her 2016 best-selling book, Security Mom: “In the struggle for resiliency, there is no finish line. There is only a plan, and a whole lot of learning, followed by a new and better plan.” Professor Kayyem helps us understand the “adaptive recovery” of this global pandemic and reminds us regularly that our “now normal” will be a new, different one.


A New Collaboration & Breakout Discussion Sessions:    This event is a new collaboration of all of the Harvard Clubs of Northern New England: The Harvard Club in Maine, The Harvard Club of New Hampshire, The Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Vermont, The Harvard Club of the North Shore, the Harvard Club of the Merrimack Valley, and the Harvard Club in Concord.  After Professor Kayyem addresses our plenary Zoom session, we will have breakout discussion sessions for each of the Clubs from 6:45-7:00.


We hope to see you there!