Community Relations Council presents R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA

R. James Woolsey

Monday, Sept. 10, 7 pm

R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1993-95) and current chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will speak at the Sandler Family Campus at a program presented by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

Woolsey will discuss his conviction that America’s dependence on oil as a fuel source is problematic on many levels, including issues concerning the environment, national security and human rights. He says every time people put gas into a vehicle, terrorists are funded through contributions to OPEC.

Combining his expertise in the areas of foreign policy, defense, intelligence and energy, Woolsey’s topic for the evening is Energy in the 21st Century: Could Muir, Patton, and Gandhi Agree on a Program?

Using the legacies of environmentalist John Muir, outspoken WWII General George Patton and human rights icon Mahatma Gandhi, Woolsey will express his belief that oil dependency funds terrorism, contributes to climate change and supports oppressive regimes. He will also share his ideas about what can be done to make changes in consumption and behavior.

“Jim Woolsey is an intelligent and charismatic speaker who really makes you stop and think,” says Robin Mancoll, CRC director. “We’re looking forward to having him share information and insights about our dependency on oil, its effect on the U.S. and Israel, and what we can do to change the situation.”

Woolsey served in the Carter, Reagan, Bush, Sr. and Clinton administrations. He was a Rhodes Scholar and among many government appointments, he served as the General Counsel to the U.S. Senate committee on Armed Services (1970-73) and as the Under Secretary of the Navy (1977-79). Woolsey sits on, or chairs, a range of government, corporate and non-profit advisory boards, including the National Commission on Energy Policy.

For more information or to RSVP for this free and open to the community event, contact or call 321‑2323.

by Laine M. Rutherford