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Patterson School to Host R. David Harden for Keynote Event

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2019) — The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky is set to host R. David Harden for a keynote presentation titled, “The Four Horsemen: Macro Trends Facing an Uncertain America,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the UK Athletics Auditorium at William T. Young Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Harden is the managing director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, a Washington D.C. next-generation firm that utilizes talent, technology and capital to problem solve. Harden is also the CEO of Souktel Inc., a U.S. technology firm that provides mobile content delivery, data collection and data analytics solutions.

He frequently publishes articles, participates in speaking engagements and appears on television news broadcasts as a commentator on Middle East politics and economics, national security and climate change.

Earlier this year, Harden received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award in the United States Foreign Service, from President Donald Trump for “sustained extraordinary accomplishment in the conduct of the foreign policy.” He was previously confirmed by the United States Senate on a nomination by President Barack Obama as the assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for the International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance and served as senior advisor to President Obama’s special envoy for Middle East peace.

He earned his juris doctor from Georgetown University, master’s in political science from Columbia University and bachelor’s in government from Franklin and Marshall College.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.