Cameron University Academic Festival continues with former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel

Cameron University will continue its triennial Academic Festival, “Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance,” with former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Cameron University Theatre on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Tickets are required for admission and can be reserved online at beginning Monday, October 3. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must be seated by 7:20 p.m.

photo of Chuck Hagel“We are fortunate to have former Senator Hagel join us as we continue our in-depth look at Afghanistan,” says CU President Cindy Ross. “As an expert in U.S. foreign policy, Senator Hagel will educate and enlighten us with his knowledge of the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan.”

Hagel is a Distinguished Professor of National Governance at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service as well as a Distinguished Centennial Visiting Professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service. He is the author of “America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers” in which he examines foreign policy problems and offers a hard-hitting examination of the current state of our nation with substantial, meaningful proposals to guide America in the 21st century.

During his two terms in the U.S. Senate, Hagel was a member of the Committee for Foreign Relations and the Select Committee on Intelligence, among other appointments. Hagel is a Vietnam combat veteran. Having served in the U.S. Army infantry, he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is currently co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council.

Hagel continues to be an active public servant through his participation in civic, educational, and charitable organizations such as the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, the German Marshall Fund’s Trade and Poverty Forum, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.

“Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance” will continue throughout the 2011-12 academic year with numerous opportunities for the public to gain an understanding of the Central Asian country.

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance.” Over the years, support for the Academic Festivals has come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989. Additional funding for this year’s Festival is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and through Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Office of Public Affairs at 581-2211 or via email at


September 30, 2011

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