Ex-ambassador Pickering to speak Monday
Thomas Pickering, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel and Jordan, will give the Spring Rudnick lecture at Duke University on Monday, March 2.
Pickering’s talk, “The Greater Middle East – Challenges and Opportunities,” takes place in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Parking is free in the Sanford School visitor lot.
Pickering’s career as a U.S. diplomat spanned five decades, serving as under-secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He most recently led the State Department-sponsored panel investigating the recent attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
Pickering serves on the board of directors for CRDF Global and the American Iranian Council, is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, is vice chairman of Hills & Co. and is a member of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board for the U.S. State Department.
Hulu founder Kilar to speak at graduation
Media and entertainment innovator Jason Kilar will give the commencement address at UNC on May 10. Kilar, who graduated from UNC in 1993, is the co-founder and CEO of Vessel, and was previously the founding CEO of Hulu.
Kilar’s career started with an internship at The Walt Disney Company, which led to a job in the strategy and marketing groups of Disney Design and Development after college. After Disney, Kilar continued his education at Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA. In 1997, he was recruited to join Amazon.com, where he helped transform the company from largely a book retailer to a virtual warehouse that allows consumers to purchase almost anything from seemingly any retailer.
In 2007, Kilar signed on as the founding CEO of the groundbreaking online video service Hulu. Under Kilar’s leadership, Hulu quickly grew to become one of the world’s most popular destinations for streaming television and movies. Today, Hulu generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, with 6 million paying subscribers and millions of visitors who stream its free content each month.
Kilar left Hulu in 2013. Last month, he unveiled his latest venture: Vessel, a next-generation mobile video service that will provide a place where the most passionate fans of short-form video can go to watch their favorites first. Kilar also serves on the board of directors at DreamWorks Animation.
N.C. Central named ‘military friendly’
N.C. Central University has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a company that serves military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
This is the fifth consecutive year that NCCU has received this designation.
The 2015 listing honors 1,500 trade schools, colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, spouses and other family members by showing a commitment to supporting them on campus and in their careers.
NCCU serves more than 350 veteran, active duty and military-dependent students. In November 2012, NCCU opened a Veterans Center on campus with financial support from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Housed in the Miller-Morgan Building, the center includes a student lounge, computer center and office space and serves as both a resource and a refuge for student veterans.