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Secure Borders, Open Doors: international cooperation in the 21st century

LSE Public Lecture

Date: Friday 14 January 2005
Time: 12.00 noon
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Tom Ridge, US Secretary of Homeland Security
Chair:  Dr Alan Sked

On October 8, 2001, Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first Office of Homeland Security Advisor in the history of the United States of America.  Born Aug. 26, 1945, in Pittsburgh's Steel Valley, Gov. Ridge was raised in a working class family in veterans' public housing in Erie.  He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967.  Secretary Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all LSE students and staff, however a ticket is required.  All tickets have now been allocated.

For security and logistical reasons there will be NO returns queue at this event.  However it is expected that a transcript of Secretary Ridge's speech will be available online shortly after this event.

Important information for ticket holders:

  • Ticket holders will be required to show their ticket and LSE ID to gain access to this event.
  • For security reasons it will NOT be possible to bring bags into this event.  Small handbags will be allowed but at the discretion of security staff.  There are NO facilities at the venue entrance for leaving bags so please make alternative arrangements to leave your belongings elsewhere before you arrive. 

The School regrets that this may cause some inconvenience but is following security guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees. Thank you for your co-operation.

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk


Text of Secretary Ridge's speech (PDF)

Tsunami collection - at all LSE public lectures over the next few weeks a collection will be taken which will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) who are coordinating the appeal for aid in the disaster-hit region.  All LSE public lectures are free, and we are asking that those who attend these events give what they can afford, to help those affected by the devastation created by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.  Should you wish to contribute directly, donations to the appeal can be made by calling 087 0606 0900, or by visiting www.dec.org.uk.