One of the United States’ most distinguished ambassadors will deliver Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership on February 25th.
Ambassador Christopher Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009-April 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005-2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.
At Nebraska Wesleyan, Hill will deliver his lecture, “Diplomacy at Work in Turbulent Times.” From the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq, he will offer insight about the real life of an American diplomat. Based on his experiences, Hill will lay out a vision for the role of diplomacy in addressing national crises, and how America should understand its role in global politics.
His free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50thStreet and Huntington Ave.
Hill is currently the Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver. In addition to overseeing the university’s global engagement, he is the author of “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir.” He is also a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs.
The Senator Carl T. Curtis and Mildred M. Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership was established in 2005 by Mildred to honor her late husband and senator, and to explore aspects of public and civic leadership. The annual lecture features public service leaders such as federal and state officeholders, diplomats and leaders in areas of political science, history, human relations and communication.