Homeland Security Expert Clark Ervin to Address How Safe We Really Are

March 15, 2010

Contact: Cristal Logan
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970.544.7929

Aspen, CO, March 15, 2010 –– The Aspen Institute is pleased to feature Clark Kent Ervin, director of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, as part of a Lunch Discussion Series. The talk is titled, “Nine Years After 9/11, Are We Really More Safe?” The event will take place from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Aspen Meadows Restaurant Bernhard Room. The fee is $10 per person.  

Clark Kent Ervin was the inspector general of the State Department from 2001 to 2003 and of the Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Ervin’s service in the administration of President George W. Bush is preceded by his service as the Associate Director of Policy in the White House Office of National Service in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

In addition to his work at the Aspen Institute, Mr. Ervin is a member of the Wartime Contracting Commission on Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an occasional on-air analyst for CNN and MSNBC, focusing on homeland security, national security, and intelligence issues. He is frequently cited as an expert on these matters by major national and international publications. His opinion pieces have appeared in, among other papers, The New York Times and The Washington Post. His book on homeland security, titled, “Open Target: Where America is Vulnerable to Attack,” was published by the St. Martin’s Press imprint, Palgrave Macmillan, in May, 2006.

Mr. Ervin earned a B.A. degree cum laude in Government from Harvard in 1980, an M.A. degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University in 1982 as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985.

Registration and more at www.aspeninstitute.org/aspenevents or call 970-544-7914.

The Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program works to heighten public awareness as to the nation’s continued vulnerability to terrorism, and to persuade the nation to take the necessary steps to close the gap between how secure we should be and how secure we actually are. The Program will be hosting the Aspen Security Forum on June 28 – 30, 2010 in Aspen. Passes are on sale now at www.aspensecurityforum.org

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.


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