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The Herb York Memorial Lecture

GCC Director Tai Ming Cheung, Tzipi Livni and IGCC Research Director for International Security Studies Eli Berman

The Herb York Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) each year to honor Dr. Herbert F. York, UC San Diego’s founding chancellor, and the myriad contributions he made to the fields of international security and arms control.

Dr. York (1921-2009), a distinguished nuclear physicist, was the founding director of the IGCC; the first chief scientist of the Advanced Research Projects Agency; first director of Defense Research and Engineering under President Eisenhower; and first director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1952–1958).

Past speakers have included former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni; Admiral Scott Swift, former Pacific Fleet Commander; John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm founder and CEO emeritus; Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Penrose Albright, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

7th Annual Herb York Memorial Lecture

Security for Israel and her Neighbors: Challenges and Opportunities
Nov. 11, 2019
Speaker: Tzipi Livni, Former Israeli Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister

Conflict and tensions in the Middle East have reached their highest point in years. Tensions and the risk of confrontation are growing between the U.S. and Iran, as well as between Iran and U.S. regional allies. An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the foreseeable future seems exceedingly unlikely, nor is there a credible process for reaching one. Chronic violence and suffering in Syria have killed more than 250,000 people, fueling radicalization and refugee flight. And the U.S. withdrawal from the region has sent a troubling message to its allies, leaving the future uncertain. 

At the 7th annual  Herb York Memorial Lecture, Tzipi Livni, who retired in February 2019, after 20 years in politics, reflected on what increased tensions—including war in Syria, religious extremism, and the growing confidence and strength of Iran—portend for peace and stability in the Middle East.

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View remarks by Rachel York, daughter of Dr. Herbert York, as delivered at the 7th annual lecture.

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6th Annual Herb York Memorial Lecture

U.S. and Chinese Grand Strategy and the Remaking of the Rules-Based Global Order
Jan. 16, 2019
Speaker: Admiral Scott Swift, Former Pacific Fleet Commander 

Media Coverage:

Jan. 24, 2019, "A New Pacific World Order," UC San Diego News Center.

5th Annual Herb York Memorial Lecture

Science, Technology, and Innovation: The View from the White House Advisor
Feb. 29, 2016
Speaker: John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
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Media Coverage:

March 3, 2016, "White House Advisor Promotes Science, Technology During Campus Visit," UC San Diego News Center.

Feb. 24, 2016, "Obama's Science Czar to Speak at UCSD," San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Feb. 17, 2016, "Presidential Advisor John Holdren to Speak at UC San Diego," UC San Diego News Center.

4th Annual Herb York Memorial Lecture

Research Universities, Industry and Innovation
Dec. 16, 2014
Speaker: Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm founder and CEO emeritus
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Media Coverage:

Jan. 2, 2015, "From Cornell to Qualcomm: Irwin Jacobs Talks About His Illustrious Career," La Jolla Light. 

Jan. 6, 2015, "Dr. Irwin Jacobs: Engineer, Innovator, Qualcomm Founder," Calit2.

3rd Annual Herb York Memorial Lecture

Driving Technological Surprise: DARPA’s Mission in a Changing World
Oct. 30, 2013
Speaker: Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

2nd Annual Herb York Memorial Lecture

July 18, 2012
Speaker: Penrose (“Parney”) Albright, Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Inaugural Herb York Memorial Lecture

Then and Now: Comparing the State of U.S. Defense Research and Development From the 1950s to the Present Day
June 29, 2011
Speaker: Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering