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WASHINGTON— Vice President Michael R. Pence will deliver the inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture at a Wilson Center event at The Conrad Hotel in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The topic is expected to be the future of the relationship between the United States and China.

The lecture and discussion with Wilson Center Director, President and CEO Jane Harman will serve as the formal launch of the Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Fund in support of non-partisan global dialogue.

“The Wilson Center lost our patriot leader and I lost a friend,” Harman said of Malek, who at the time of his death was Chairman of The Wilson Center. “Having the Vice President kick off this series is a unique and poignant way to honor his memory.”

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum. Tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue, the Center informs actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration, and the international policy community.

“The Wilson Center’s recent initiatives include Congressional Foreign Policy, Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity programs, which have trained nearly 1,000 staffers from the Hill on a bipartisan, bicameral basis about issues whose importance will only grow in the coming years,” said Thelma Duggan, member of the Wilson Center Board of Trustees. “No other place offers these types of programs and we are very proud of them.”

In addition to the Malek Lecture, the Fund will sustain and increase the Wilson Center’s impact through multi-faceted initiatives. These include enhancing Center programming in cross-regional areas such as great power competition, rule of law, and the impact of technology on foreign policy. The Fund will provide a stipend for select Wilson Center interns.

A live webcast of the speech will be available here.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly non-partisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.