General Petraeus Lecture

American Middle East Institute

The American Middle East Institute (AMEI), of which Simin Curtis, Past President of the Harvard Club of Western PA, is volunteer President, is presenting its Seventh Annual Conference on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Carnegie Music Hall.  This year’s VIP Speaker is General David H. Petraeus, who is the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a member of the advisory boards of several veterans’ organizations.  General Petraeus previously served for 37 years in the U.S. military, including as commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and as commander of the US Central Command.  Following retirement from the military in August 2011, he served for 14 months as the Director of the CIA (from AMEI’s website).  For further information and to purchase tickets for General Petraeus’s lecture, click on or visit  Use discount code AMEI25 for a 25% discount off of the ticket price.

Pre-Lecture Dinner

Prior to the General Petraeus evening lecture, the HCWPA will host a pre-lecture dinner at 6:00 PM at a popular restaurant named Legume, located at 214 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; phone 412-621-2700.  The food at Legume is delicious and the ambiance upscale.  If you haven't yet tried Legume, please do so.  This restaurant is a 'Don't miss.'  RSVP on or email to or call Alice Hirsch at 412-818-3313.