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~Diplomat Phyllis Oakley To Speak at Wellesley College April 15~

For immediate release:
April 10, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College's visiting diplomat-scholar, former Ambassador Thomas Simons Jr., will welcome diplomat Phyllis Oakley for another of the series of free public lectures titled "Global Conversations" on Tuesday, April 15, at 8 pm in Pendleton Atrium.

Oakley resigned from the Foreign Service in disagreement with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright over the Sudan bombing in retaliation for Osama bin Laden's 1998 embassy attacks. Prior to that, she had two Afghanistan-related jobs, including as coordinator of refugee programs from Islamabad in the late 1980s. She has served as the first female deputy spokesperson for the State Department and assistant secretary of state for refugees and for intelligence and research.

The lecture series has brought senior women diplomats to Wellesley for informal conversations and lectures. "Learning from career Foreign Service officers firsthand about world politics has enriched the study of political science and has offered firsthand insights about international diplomacy to the community at large," said William Joseph, international relations.

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 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 Joseph at 781-283-2201.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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