James Comey: Higher Loyalty

Date(s) - 04/20/18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harris Theater

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival

James Comey: Higher Loyalty

Chicago Humanities Festival

Friday, April 20 | 7 – 8 PM

Former FBI director James Comey has been at the center of American politics for some time now, starting with his investigation of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails and ending with his queries into Russian ties to the Trump campaign. His highly anticipated memoir is sure to stoke interest. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership is both an examination of the tenets and practices of ethical leadership and a review of some of his never-before-shared experiences: from prosecuting the mob (and Martha Stewart) to helping define the Bush administration’s policies on torture and electronic surveillance. Join us for an evening that will provide both unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson on leadership.

This program is presented as part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago. Charter Humanists must RSVP by calling the Box Office at (312) 605-8444.

Ticket purchase includes a copy of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.

This event will feature open captions to increase access to program content.


On September 4, 2013, James Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI. A Yonkers, New York native, Comey attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Comey returned to New York and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. There, he took on numerous crimes, most notably Organized Crime in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterwards, Comey became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Comey returned to New York after 9/11 to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its General Counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a Senior Research Scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.