Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Former CIA director to give Ford School's Rosenthal Lecture

Gen. Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, will give the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's annual Rosenthal Lecture on Friday.

  Michael Hayden

Hayden's talk is titled, "The law, policy and war on al-Qaida: an emerging consensus?" The 1 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public in the Alumni Center's Founders Room.

The retired four-star Air Force general served as CIA director in 2006-09 and was the last to hold the position in the administration of President George W. Bush.

Before heading the CIA, Hayden was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces and served as the director of the National Security Agency.

He graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in history in 1967 and a master's degree in modern American history in 1969.

Friday's lecture is supported by the Ford School's Josh Rosenthal Education Fund, named after a 1979 U-M graduate who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The fund supports lectures, research and student internships that encourage public discussion and greater understanding of changes in the world since 9/11.

Previous Rosenthal Lectures have been given by Juan Cole, a U-M history professor; David Marash, an anchor for Al Jazeera English; and Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, a scholar, businessman and Twitter commentator.