Zimmerman Lecture looks at post-9/11

October 26, 2011

The decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is the topic of the 2011 John J. Zimmerman Memorial Lecture at Emporia State University.

Dr. Steven P. Bucci will speak on “Forrest Gump Redux: One Man’s View of 9/11 and Events Since” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Webb Hall II of the Memorial Union at ESU.

Just 2 ½ months before 9/11, Bucci became military assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. In the aftermath, Bucci led a team of 25 U.S. military experts to Baghdad to assist the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Bucci later served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense, homeland defense and defense support for civil authorities. In this capacity, he oversaw policy issues involved the defense domains (air, land and maritime), National Guard domestic operational issues, domestic counter terrorism, all readiness exercises and defense response to natural and manmade disasters.

An expert in cyber security, Bucci now serves as IBM’s issue lead for cyber, part of an IBM public sector campaign team.

The Zimmerman Lecture is free. It is named for Dr. John Zimmerman, ESU professor of history from 1954 to 1982, and organized by the Department of Social Sciences. The lecture also is sponsored by ESU’s Associated Student Government and Community Hornets as well as the Emporia Town Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Bucci’s talk coincides with the city of Emporia’s annual All Veterans Tribute, which celebrates the Emporia being the founding city of Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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