2016 Lovett C. Peters Lecture: Global Security, Opportunity & Leadership in the 21st Century

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Fletcher School Dean to Deliver 2016 Lovett C. Peters Lecture in Public Policy

Retired Four-Star Admiral James Stavridis will address Global Security, Opportunity & Leadership in the 21st Century


BOSTON – Admiral James Stavridis, United States Navy (Ret.), Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, will deliver Pioneer Institute’s 2016 Lovett C. Peters Lecture. At a November 17th gathering of Pioneer supporters, he will discuss how the nation can address global challenges and seize opportunities through innovation, strategic communication and planning, and public/private collaboration.

“The Peters Lecture honors individuals who have made a mark on the world.  This year, we are proud to present a four-star admiral who is the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent history,” said Jim Stergios, Pioneer Institute Executive Director. “Now more than ever, we look forward to hearing Admiral Stavridis’ insights on how best to achieve international security.”

Admiral Stavridis is Chair of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute, and spent over 30 years in the Navy. He served for four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, as well as the U.S. Southern Command, and the U.S. European Command.

He is author or editor of six books on leadership, maritime affairs, Latin America and innovation, as well as over a hundred articles in leading journals. His memoir of the NATO years, “The Accidental Admiral,” was released in October 2014.

Admiral Stavridis holds a doctorate in International Relations; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; and a Bachelor of Science in Literature from the U.S. Naval Academy. He has earned numerous prizes and medals.

As part of the dinner program, the Institute will salute the enduring legacy of Kingman Webster, who contributed significantly to the education of thousands in the City of Lawrence and other communities, and at Pioneer Institute.

The annual Lovett C. Peters Lecture, named for Pioneer Institute’s founder and long-time chairman Lovett C. Peters, is one of Pioneer’s signature events. It honors visionary leaders whose ideas are transforming society.  Past Peters lecture speakers include Sal Khan, Peter Diamandis, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, Niall Ferguson, Eva Moskowitz, Deepak Srivastava, and David Welch.  The event is open to Pioneer members and the media.


Pioneer Institute is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government.