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The Herb York Memorial Lecture

Security for Israel and her Neighbors: Challenges and Opportunities

Nov. 11, 2019 | Register
Speaker: Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister 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 this year’s lecture, Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister deputy prime minister, will reflect on whether increased tensions in the region can help create new opportunities for peace and stability. She will explore, in particular, the threats Israel faces that may threaten an already fragile status quo.

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The lecture series brings a distinguished speaker to UC San Diego to give a public talk on a topic tied to IGCC's research agenda.

Past speakers have included Admiral Scott Swift, former Pacific Fleet Commander (2019); John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2016); Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm founder and CEO emeritus (2014); Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (2013); Penrose (“Parney”) Albright, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2012); and Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (2011).

Both the lecture and the Herb York Memorial Fund honor the memory of Dr. Herbert F. York, IGCC's founding director. The fund endows an annual fellowship to a UC student doing graduate work in an area related to IGCC's research agenda and mission.

About Herb York

The Herb York Memorial Lecture honors 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, a distinguished nuclear physicist, was the founding director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), the first chief scientist of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA), and first director of Defense Research and Engineering under President Eisenhower. He was the founding chancellor of UC San Diego and the first director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1952–1958). In 2000, President Clinton presented York with the Enrico Fermi Award for his efforts and contributions in nuclear deterrence and arms control agreements. The Fermi Award is the government’s oldest science and technology award honoring lifetime achievement.

The lecture is generously underwritten by the York family.

Past Lectures

Sixth 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.


Fifth 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
Watch the lecture on UCTV

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.


Fourth Herb York Memorial Lecture
Research Universities, Industry and Innovation
Dec. 16, 2014
Speaker: Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm founder and CEO emeritus
Watch the lecture on UCTV

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. 


Third 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)


Second 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