Dr. Jerome A. Solinas Lecture: Mar. 21

Dr. Jerome A. Solinas earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1985 and works as a Senior Technical Leader of the Trusted Systems Research Group in the National Security Agency, the U.S. government’s premier information assurance research and design center.  Jerry studies cryptographic algorithms and encryption systems in which number theory plays in important role in keeping data secure.  Among other techniques, his area of research includes using hyperelliptic curves as well as large prime numbers (such as the Solinas primes, which are primes of the form p =  where 0 < b < a) for public-key crypto systems.  These systems allow for the safe transmission of private financial information over electronic channels that may otherwise be subject to eavesdropping and intrusion.

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Joseph Augustyn Lecture: Mar. 14

Joseph W. Augustyn is Executive Vice President, Security and Intelligence at Jefferson Waterman International, a premier Washington, D.C. based political and business consulting firm with an exclusively international practice.   Mr. Augustyn has thirty years of high-level experience in homeland security, counterterrorism, and intelligence issues, as well as executive knowledge of the agencies and departments responsible for them.

Mr. Augustyn’s long career with the CIA includes senior positions as Deputy Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Homeland Security, Director of defector resettlement operations, Chief of Staff for the CIA’s Deputy Director of Operations, and the Deputy Division Chief for the CIA’s large East Asia Division. Mr. Augustyn was also chief of station on three separate occasions.

Mr. Augustyn is a frequent national lecturer and guest speaker on homeland security and intelligence topics, and has written articles published by the Christian Science Monitor and the Huffington Post.  The numerous honors and merit awards he has received include the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Commendation Medal.  Mr. Augustyn pursued doctoral studies at Indiana University, and holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Brown University.

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Dr. Faggen Lecture: Mar. 12

Dr. Faggen will participate in a panel discussing the great twentieth-century Catholic Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980. Dr. Faggen knew Milosz personally and interviewed him on several occasions; this discussion will center on Milosz`s poetry and his letters to the American Catholic mystic and writer Thomas Merton. Dr. Faggen will be joined by Fr. Piotr Paciorek, Dr. Anthony Valle, and Dr. Blanford Parker. Refreshments provided.
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Dr. Faggen Lecture: Mar. 11

 Dr. Faggen will talk about Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion, and the subject of a forthcoming biography by Dr. Faggen. This event will be held in interview format, moderated by Dr. Blanford Parker. Refreshments provided
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