Cheney, Panetta Discuss Public Service at Pitt-Johnstown Speaker Series Event

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posted November 13, 2018


Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offered perspectives on national defense and the military during a moderated discussion, Monday, November 12, in front of a crowd of more than 600 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, from 7-8 p.m.

The John P. Murtha Foundation sponsored the event at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Campus on Veterans Day (observed).

"The University of Pittsburgh Johnstown is the stage for this important talk because we prepare students to have a purpose in life," said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.

"This means to be aware and committed to good citizenship in one’s community. To be aware means at times we need to speak truth to power. What we will learn this evening is how to discuss competing issues in a civil and just manner by two prominent figures who have an extraordinary legacy of civic engagement."

The event, which was free to the public, was moderated by Pitt-Johnstown Social Sciences Department Chair Ray Wrabley, PhD. Mr. Panetta took part via Skype due to hindered travel logistics caused by the California wild fires.

While both men have held a variety of leadership roles in the highest levels of government, Dick Cheney and Leon Panetta have one title in common – Secretary of Defense. Mr. Cheney served in that role under President George H. W. Bush, and Mr. Panetta held the position in President Barack Obama’s administration.

Read more about the Speaker Series (#UPJspeakerseries) event:

WJAC-TV - VP Dick Cheney and Sec. Leon Panetta participate in forum at UPJ

WJAC-TV - Former Vice President Dick Cheney holds forum in Johnstown

The Tribune-Democrat - Cheney, in UPJ visit: Defense cuts 'big mistake'

In addition to local media, the event was also recorded by PCN-TV and CSPAN for future broadcasts.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.