Harriman to Speak on Poverty and Terrorism

Monday, October 7th, 2013

West Virginia native Jake Harriman will be the featured speaker for the Brad Long Peace Education Lecture at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, October 15, in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.

Harriman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a platoon commander in both the infantry and a Special Forces Operation Unit called Force Recon. He led Marines in four operational deployments throughout Southwest Asia/Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, including two combat tours in Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat during his second tour in Iraq. His personal experiences in fighting the war on terror around the world convinced him that a reduction in extreme poverty will impede the proliferation of terrorism and insurgency. He left his career in the military and earned an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He created an organization, Nuru International, dedicated to ending extreme poverty in our lifetime.

The Brad Long Peace Education Fund was initiated at West Virginia Wesleyan by Reginald and Patricia Long. After losing their son in a car accident in 1983, the Longs wanted to honor Brad’s deepest wish for his life that he might be instrumental in creating a climate where peace could flourish. They chose to establish this fund to assist in a continuing effort by Wesleyan and the people of Buckhannon to explore avenues leading to peace between individuals as well as nations. The Longs also wanted to offer support and encouragement to young people of similar vision, to emphasize the importance of individual action, and to promote a basic attitude of peace in everyday life.

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The lecture is free and open to the public.