WELLESLEY, Mass. - This fall Wellesley College welcomes
a visiting diplomat-scholar, former Ambassador Thomas W.
Simons Jr., who will host a series of free public lectures
throughout the academic year. The first of this series of
"Global Conversations" takes place Thursday, Oct. 17, from
4:45-6 p.m. in Pendleton East Atrium on the Wellesley College
The series will bring senior women diplomats to the College
beginning with former Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, who has
been nominated by President Bush to become the assistant
administrator for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency
for International Development. The event is free and open
to the public.
"We are delighted to launch this lecture series hosted
by Ambassador Simons," said William A. Joseph, the M. Margaret
Ball Professor of International Relations at Wellesley.
"Learning from career Foreign Service officers firsthand
about world politics will enrich the study of political
science and offer firsthand insights about international
diplomacy to the community at large."
Chamberlin served as U.S. ambassador to Laos (1996-99)
and Pakistan (2001-02, before and after Sept. 11), and has
held diplomatic posts in Malaysia, Zaire and Morocco. She
has also worked on Arab-Israeli affairs and counter-terrorism
at the State Department. At the Oct. 17 Global Conversation,
she and Ambassador Simons will compare and contrast their
experiences as chiefs of mission in troubled and critically
important Pakistan and reflect on their lives as American
diplomats in the late 20th century.
Simons held numerous posts during a 35-year career in
the U.S. Foreign Service. In the 1990s he was U.S. ambassador
to Poland, coordinator of U.S. assistance to the new independent
states of the former Soviet Union, and, like Chamberlin,
U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. Since retiring in 1998, he
has been consulting professor in Stanford University's History
Department and Center for International Security and Cooperation.
He now directs the Program on Eurasia in Transition at Harvard's
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He holds
a Ph. D. from Harvard in European history.
For more information, please call William A. Joseph at
781-283-2201. Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been
a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for
125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is
home to 2,300 undergraduate students.