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~Two Ambassadors Discuss Diplomacy in Troubled Times at Wellesley~

For immediate release:
Sept. 27, 2002

Arlie Corday,

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 campus.

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.


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