Gannon University Hosts Former U.S. Ambassador
Posted: November 2, 2015
David Dunford, former U.S. ambassador to Oman and deputy
ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will come to Gannon University as a
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow for an intensive weeklong visit Nov.
2-6. During the visit, which is sponsored by the Gannon University
office of the Provost, Dunford will conduct classes, seminars,
workshops and lectures and will meet with students and faculty
members informally throughout the week to share his practical
knowledge of the Middle East.
Dunford will also deliver a public address on Wed., Nov. 4 at
7:30 p.m. Entitled "Insights Into the Middle East," the lecture is
free and open to the public and will be held in the Yehl Room of
the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.
Former Ambassador Dunford spent 29 years in the U.S. Foreign
Service including three years as U.S. ambassador to Oman and four
years as deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1990-91 Gulf
He is the co-author with Iraqi diplomat Ghassan Muhsin Hussein
of "Talking to Strangers: The Struggle to Rebuild Iraq's Foreign
Ministry." Dunford currently teaches at University of Arizona and
consults for government and the private sector on Middle East
issues. He is former chairman and board member of AIPT, a
non-profit organization specializing in international exchanges
that is now called Cultural Vistas.
"I am delighted Ambassador Dunford will mentor and engage with
our students for a week," said Ann Bomberger, Ph.D., director of
Gannon University's honors program, which is organizing the event.
"He brings not only great depths of experience and knowledge about
the Middle East to us but also a warm, engaging demeanor."
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is
administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in
Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists,
business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the
United States for weeklong residential programs of classes,
seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. For 35
years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and
faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of
perspectives on life, society, community and achievement.
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