Northwestern University

Mon 12:00 PM

IEW Keynote: Ambassador Ian Kelly on US, Russia, and the Importance of International Exchanges

When: Monday, November 11, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Norris University Center, Wildcat Room, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Janka Pieper   1.847.467.5344

Group: International Education Week

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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Join us to kick-off Northwestern's International Education Week with a special keynote speaker: Ambassador Ian Kelly.

"US, Russia, and the Importance of International Exchanges"

Ian Kelly was until recently (from March 2010 to September 2013) the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe based in Vienna, Austria. A Northwestern alumnus (MA '79), he is now the Department of State's Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has spent much of his career promoting exchanges with Russia, and will discuss his experience in exchange programs, both as a participant and as a diplomat.

From December 2012 to September 2013, he was concurrently the U.S. Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, the negotiating process set up to resolve the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

From May 2009 until his appointment as ambassador, he was the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Kelly’s previous assignments include Director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington, D.C., Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO, Press Attaché at Embassy Rome, Press Attaché at Embassy Ankara, Information Center Director in Belgrade, and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Moscow. He has also had several regional assignments that took him to all fifteen former Soviet republics.

He has studied Italian, Serbo-Croatian and Turkish at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center of the State Department. He also speaks Russian. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Kelly taught Russian at Columbia University, and received his doctorate there in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 1986. He also holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and a M.A. from Northwestern University.

This event is part of Northwestern's International Education Week taking place from Nov 11 through Nov 15. It is co-sponsored by the Office of International Program Development, the Global Languages Initiative, and the Council on Language Instruction.


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