Governor Jerry BrownGovernor Jerry Brown

Chapman University will host Milan Panic, former Prime Minister of Yugoslavia and a successful American entrepreneur, and California Governor Jerry Brown in a panel discussion on October 20, 2015, at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Milan Panic is regarded as a statesman, an entrepreneur, a savvy businessman, and a philanthropist,” said James L. Doti, Ph.D., president of Chapman University. “But most of all, he is a purveyor of peace. Having him here alongside our current governor is a poignant moment in Chapman’s history.

His Excellency Milan PanicHis Excellency Milan Panic

Panic’s life—articulated in his book,
Prime Minister of Peace; My Struggle for Serbian Democracy
—is the epitome of an American success story. After surviving World War II as a teenager in Serbia, Panic came to the United States to escape both the memories of war and the Communist way of life. In the 1950s, with only $200, he launched a pharmaceutical company called ICN in Pasadena, Calif. The company became extremely successful and is credited with saving the lives of millions through the research and development of medications to treat a variety of ailments including Hepatitis C.

In 1992, Panic accepted the call to become Prime Minister of then Yugoslavia, making him the first American to hold a high-ranking political office in a foreign nation.

During his service as Prime Minister, Panic became well-known for his “Speech of Peace” address to the United Nations General Assembly. He was named one of the “Europeans of the Year” by the
Wall Street Journal
in December 1992. He continued working toward democratization in the Balkans and was instrumental in initiating and organizing the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the 3 and ½ year-long Bosnian War.

In 1989, Brown became chair of the California State Democratic Party. He resigned that position in 1991 and sought the 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination. Beginning in 1998, Brown became Mayor of the City of Oakland, a position he held for eight years. In 2006, Brown was elected California’s 31
Attorney General. He was elected to his third gubernatorial term in 2010.

The event is Oct. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Chapman University in the Fish Interfaith Center. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary signed books will be available for all attendees.

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