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David Boren, Author of the National Security Education Act, to Address Global Education in the 21st Century

WASHINGTON, DC, October 7, 2010—University of Oklahoma President David Boren, who authored the National Security Education Act as a U. S. Senator, will deliver a keynote address on global education at a reception scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Ronald Reagan Building. The reception is sponsored by the Institute of International Education, the National Security Education Program and the Language Flagship Group. 

Boren will address "Global Education in the 21st Century: A National Imperative." The speech will draw upon Boren’s broad experience in government and education to address how the need for language and international skills has evolved since he first authored the National Security Education Act of 1991, the legislation that created the National Security Education Program and the Boren Awards, the scholarships and fellowships that bear his name.

Boren became president of the University of Oklahoma in 1994. Together with former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, he currently serves as co-chairman of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board. As a U.S. Senator, Boren served on the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees and was the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He served as Oklahoma's governor from 1974 through 1978. Boren is widely respected for his academic credentials, his longtime support for education, and for his distinguished political career as a reformer of the American political system.

Boren’s keynote address will cap off a daylong discussion on the need for a more aggressive and systematic national, state and local language education effort.

“Senator Boren is one of our nation's foremost leaders,” said NSEP Director Robert Slater. “He has a strong understanding of the critical need for the United States to cultivate a language and culture-skilled citizenry and, in addition to founding the National Security Education Program, he has continued to promote the importance of global education at the University of Oklahoma and throughout the nation."

“Nearly two decades ago, Senator Boren had the foresight to recognize the need for more Americans to speak critical languages,” said Allan E. Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education. “Thanks to his leadership, more than 4,200 Boren Scholars and Fellows have dedicated themselves to learning foreign languages and contributing to public service. Senator Boren’s vision for global education in the 21st century will continue to guide this discussion in the years ahead.” 

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Boren Scholarships, Boren Fellowships, and The Language Flagship Fellowships and Grants on behalf of the National Security Education Program. IIE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building international goodwill through educational and cultural exchange among nations. By enabling more than 18,000 outstanding men and women each year to study, conduct research, receive practical training, or provide technical assistance outside their own countries, IIE fosters mutual understanding, builds global problem-solving capabilities, and strengthens the international competence of U.S. citizens.

About NSEP

The National Security Education Program is a major federal initiative within the Department of Defense and is designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. It consists of five initiatives that represent broad strategic partnerships with the U.S. education community designed to serve the needs of U.S. national security and national competitiveness. These initiatives integrate the best components of language learning and international education developed in conjunction with progressively minded partners throughout the U.S. education community.

For more information about the National Security Education Program, visit If you would like to find out how to apply for a Boren Scholarship or Fellowship, visit

About the Language Flagship Group

The Language Flagship Group is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization incorporated in June 2008 in the state of Maryland, whose mission is to advance a national movement toward the more effective learning of foreign languages in the United States. The not-for-profit’s mission is to garner independent funding in order to provide an organizational context for uniting under a common set of standards and operating principles member universities, K-12 educational institutions, businesses and other leaders of change to affect the biggest shift in language and international education to date. For more information about the Language Flagship Group please email


Media Note

Talk and reception scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Ronald Reagan Building.

The media is invited to cover this event. Please RSVP to Laura Porter via email at

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