Sherman and Mudd to speak at Emanuel

Sherman and Mudd to speak at Emanuel
Wendy Sherman

The seventh season of Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel continues on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m., with a conversation between Wendy Sherman and Philip Mudd moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis.

Under secretary for political affairs for the U.S. Department of State (2011–2015), global affairs contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, founding partner and senior counselor, The Albright Stonebridge Group, and Harvard professor, Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman brings to every opportunity over three decades of experience in business, international affairs and politics.

Now a senior fellow at both Harvard’s Institute of Politics and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Sherman recently stepped down as under secretary of state for political affairs after four years overseeing every region of the world, dealing with every major opportunity and crisis, and leading the U.S. negotiating team to a successful conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal.

In recognition of her many diplomatic accomplishments, she was recently awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama and currently serves as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. She is the author of “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence.”

Philip Mudd is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, the first deputy director of the National Security Branch, and the former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center.

At the New American Foundation, he studies counterterrorism, intelligence, and homeland security. Mudd joined the CIA in 1985 as an analyst specializing in South Asia and the Middle East. He went on to join the White House National Security Council and served on a diplomatic team that helped piece together a new government for Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

Mudd returned to the CIA, later becoming the deputy director of the Counterterrorist Center. At the establishment of the FBI’s National Security Branch in 2005, FBI director Robert Mueller appointed Mudd to serve as the branch’s first-ever deputy director. Mudd is the author of “Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qa’ida” and “The HEAD Game: High Efficiency Analytic Decision-Making and the Art of Solving Complex Problems Quickly.”

Following the dialogue, there will be a Q&A, book signings and refreshments.

Tickets are $20 or two for $35. For further information about subscription discounts and to purchase tickets, call 516-482-5701.

Temple Emanuel of Great Neck is located at 150 Hicks Lane in Great Neck.

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