Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will visit Georgetown on March 1 for a roundtable discussion to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Sponsored by the School of Foreign Service and the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization that organizes seminars and discussions revolving around critical issues, the talk will also feature Napolitano’s two predecessors, Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge.

“We are honored to feature Secretary Napolitano and her two predecessors, Secretary Chertoff and Secretary Ridge, to mark this important moment in DHS history and that of the nation,” director of the Homeland Security Program at the Aspen Institute Clark Kent Ervin said in a press release.

Students said that they are pleased by the impending arrival of another big name speaker.

“I think that [it]will be a great opportunity,” said Eitan Paul (SFS ’12), president of the International Relations Club. “Whenever a policy maker, especially someone who’s currently in office, comes to campus, it’s exciting that students are able to engage with them.”

University Spokesperson Julie Bataille also touted the list of speakers Georgetown brings to campus annually. Other recent speakers include President Obama, famed biologist Jane Goodall and investigative journalist Bob Woodward.

“This upcoming event is another example of the kinds of people who are able to share their stories directly with our students to bring meaning to important current events and issues,” Bataille said in an email.

According to Bataille, the event exemplifies Georgetown’s role in providing a forum for discussing global issues.

“Georgetown in many ways is a global stage for leaders to share their perspectives and allow students and members of our community to ask questions and hear first hand about some of the most critical issues of our time,” she said.

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