The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will discuss "Leadership Challenges Beyond the Election" on Thursday, Oct. 25, at a public lecture at The University of Texas at Austin.
Gingrich will address the crisis in strategic thinking for national security, American exceptionalism, the challenge of economic growth in a world market, rethinking government in the information age and effective leadership in a complex constitutional system. The lecture will be followed by an open QandA session with the audience.
"The United States is at a crossroads far larger than partisan politics," said Gingrich. "As the world is changing, we have to think anew in order to find solutions to new problems and new responsibilities. As Abraham Lincoln reminded us in his 1862 address to Congress, 'As our case is new, so we must think anew and act new.' "
The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Library Atrium and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Space is limited. The event is hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
Gingrich was first elected to Congress in 1978 where he served the 6th District of Georgia for 20 years. In 1995 he was elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives where he served until 1999.
Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues and international affairs, Gingrich is the author of 23 books including 13 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to nonfiction books, including his latest "A Nation Like No Other," Gingrich also writes historical novels, which include "Gettysburg, Grant Comes East" and "Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant the Final Victory." His newest novel, "Victory at Yorktown," co-authored by William R. Forstchen, will be available Nov. 13. These novels are active historical studies in the lessons of warfare based on fictional accounts of historical wartime battles and their aftermaths.
The Washington Times has called Gingrich "the indispensable leader," and Time magazine named him Man of the Year in 1995, saying, "Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs in the category of exceptional."