NEW DATE: Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to speak at Brown about defending democracy

Cheney will share insights on policy, principled leadership and the future of bipartisanship as she delivers the University’s 103rd Odgen Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 12.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will visit Brown University on Tuesday, March 12, to deliver the 103rd Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs

In a presentation titled “Defending Democracy,” Cheney — who served as U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023 — plans to talk about how she arrived at her personal convictions, her time in Congress and the future of politics in America. Previously scheduled for Feb. 13, Cheney’s talk was postponed due to a winter storm.

Cheney chaired the House Republican Conference, serving in the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership from 2019 to 2021, and was vice chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol. She is the author of the new bestselling memoir “Oath and Honor,” which offers her firsthand account of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection from inside the walls of Congress, and how she helped lead the investigation into how it happened.

During her time in Congress, Cheney was also a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the China Task Force, the Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Rules. 

A specialist in national security and foreign policy, she is the co-author, along with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, of “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.” 

Cheney earned a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado College and a juris doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. In 2022, Cheney received the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s prestigious Profile in Courage Award, with a commendation for her “consistent and courageous voice in defense of democracy.”

The Tuesday, March 12, event at Brown will take place at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Location information will be provided upon registration. Those who registered to attend the postponed Feb. 13 lecture will need to re-register on Eventbrite. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration is not guaranteed. If the event sells out, a waitlist, accessible through the registration page, will become available. 

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The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.

Dozens of heads of state, diplomats and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; former British prime ministers Theresa May and David Cameron; Queen Noor of Jordan; former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev; former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell; media innovator Ted Turner; astronaut Sen. John Glenn; economist Paul Volcker; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo; Bolivian President Evo Morales; former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; World Bank President Jim Yong Kim; former U.N. Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon; and His Highness the Aga Khan.

News Media Access

Members of the news media are welcome to attend to report on the event, but still photography and audio and video recording are prohibited. The University will provide a selection of photographs for media use within two hours of the event’s conclusion. Media credentials will be reserved exclusively for journalists working on assignment for credentialed professional news organizations. Space is limited and the University may limit the total number of credentials awarded.

Journalists who wish to cover the event must request credentials from Brown’s Office of University Communications no later than noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 12. Please send requests to [email protected] with the professional news organization’s name along with the journalist’s name, telephone number and email address. For requests that are granted, credentials will be made available for pickup on the Brown campus in advance of the event.