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Lefty375

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Looking for ideas on good speakers to bring to campus for our Student Veterans chapter at Dartmouth. There are some speakers I had in mind already, but their speaking fees are extremely high.

Ideas!?

edit: Sorry, I didn't include what the topic would be. As of right now, I'm not sure. This will be taking place next fall so there is some time to decide on a topic. As we are a new group, I want to have a topic that will bring in the maximum number of people, however, have the speakers express a unique (military) perspective.
 
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See if the USMA or the academies in general would put together a panel of professors/scholars. Good exposure/press for their faculty and you're going to get engaged, expert, and experienced people able to really speak to veterans and potential officers (I'm assuming regional ROTC would be in the audience).
 

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What kind of topics? Current affairs? Tactics/strategy? Policy?
I should have put that in the OP. Sorry about that, you have a good point.

I suppose the topic could be a multitude of things. Policy/ current affairs I think will be the most popular. I need to think on this.
 

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Jason Everman. Nate Boyer. General Mike Nagata. Three men I would stab a hobo to talk to.

First two can speak on transitioning. Jason can speak for the veterans who are taking the arts as their future route to success. Nate for getting into the non-profit world. General Nagata can get into the policy side of things.
 

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Nathan Fick (former Marine, author, and CEO) went to Dartmouth. I only recall that because I recently read his book.

Then again, given his, ahem, station, he could be one of those you mention as having an enormous fee.
 

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Why not look at the faculty listing of some of the big public policy schools? I'm thinking SIPA, Georgetown, HKS and the ilk. It would probably be much more cost-effective to get an academic practitioner to speak instead of a guy or gal who has a big name.

Though not a veteran, Richard Nephew was the principal architect of Iranian sanctions under Obama, director of the NSC, and has quite a few opinions on the use of the military in diplomacy. He also has some pretty sweet tattoos! He's one of the great foreign policy minds right now as well as being very available.

I bet you could also get Mike Flynn for really cheap right now :D
 
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How's the atmosphere toward veterans at Dartmouth? I only ask because civil-military relations and veteran worship may be a good topic. I wanted to do something similar with a panel for our SVO chapter as the ending to a large charity cookout but the members weren't interested.
 

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I'd stab a hobo (because that seems to be the cool thing to say right now) to be on a panel with Teufel. I'm flattered to be mentioned in even the same category as him.

See if the USMA or the academies in general would put together a panel of professors/scholars. Good exposure/press for their faculty and you're going to get engaged, expert, and experienced people able to really speak to veterans and potential officers (I'm assuming regional ROTC would be in the audience).
I'd be down for that. We've got a number of people here who are not only genuine SOF bad asses but are also legit, PhD-level academics who would have "street red" with both the veterans and the Ivory Tower crowd. Obviously I'm not in either of those categories but I could put something together for you. A good thing about asking active duty personnel or currently serving government officials is that they're not legally allowed to accept a speaking fee. The most you'd have to pay is their actual expenses.
Most "big names" will expect compensation for their time. Dartmouth is a great school; are there any alums who would do it as a labor of love?

Finally, why not jump in on something that someone else is already planning, organizing, funding, and executing? Every year for the last three years, Yale and West Point have partnered on a big civ-mil conference. The first one was at Yale and the last two were here at West Point. The next one will be at Princeton. What might be great for you guys at Dartmouth is if you bring a group to the Princeton event next year. You could probably get funding from the University to cover your expenses, you'd get a lot out of it, and you wouldn't have to organize or pay for it. Win-win. You'd also make some personal contacts that you could leverage for future events on your own campus. Links to this year's event (just concluded this past weekend):
Alumni-inspired conference at West Point will address challenges facing veterans
Yale-West Point Civ-Mil Service Symposium | Association of Yale Alumni

I guess the big question is, "what do you want to do?" If you just want something for the vets, a panel of active duty speakers might be your best bet. If you want to use the draw of a big name to create attention for your veterans' organization, then that will be a different animal altogether. I suggest you do the veterans' panel first in the fall, then do the Princeton event, and then in spring of next year, do something big at Dartmouth.

Happy to help with whatever you decide to do.


I bet you could also get Mike Flynn for really cheap right now :D
Oh damn, he went there.
 

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I know an old SF SGM who might just come your way. Lives in the mountains of Virginia, used to teach French at Dartmouth in the summers. Where's Alan Farrell?

If you want him, I'll give him a shout and then we can exchange contact information.

He was my French professor at VMI and an extremely impressive human being that loved every pupil whether they were Montagnards or VMI Rats.
 
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Michael Weiss (Dartmouth Alum), Rep. Duncan Hunter, not sure what her fee would be, but Condoleezza Rice would be awesome.
 
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