Former Defense Secretary James Mattis to speak in Logan on Jan. 21

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis to speak in Logan on Jan. 21

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LOGAN — James Mattis, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, will speak at Utah State University on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

His speech will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom in the Taggart Student Center. It is free and open to the public, and doors will open one hour in advance.

Mattis is visiting campus as a guest of the university’s Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, which draws faculty from across campus and is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, according to a university news release. His speech will be titled “U.S. Leadership on the World Stage: Getting It Right, and Healing Rifts at Home.”

Mattis served as Defense Secretary under President Donald Trump from January 2017 through December 2018. Prior to that, he served as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander and as head of U.S. Joint Forces Command and U.S. Central Command.

As a Marine, Mattis served in the Gulf War and later in post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mattis is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent work is “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.”

Mattis resigned from the Trump White House amidst policy disagreements, writing recently in The Atlantic that he “stepped down from the best job in the world … over a matter of principle.”

Without criticizing the president directly, Mattis bemoans the divided state of modern American politics.

“We’re deluding ourselves if we think one person has all the answers,” he wrote. “In a democracy, real leadership is slow, quiet, diplomatic, collegial, and often frustrating.”

Mattis last visited Utah State in 2014.

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Graham Dudley reports on politics, breaking news and more for A native Texan, Graham's work has previously appeared in the Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin and The Oklahoma Daily.


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