POSTPONED - 2020 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr Lecture on International Studies

Crowd of people at 2018 Biddle Lecture
It is with sincere regrets that DUCIGS is canceling the 2020 Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies with speaker Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns. This decision has been made in an effort to minimize risks to the well-being of Duke students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. As officials at Duke, along with health officials worldwide, are actively monitoring the local and global health pandemic, we are already working towards rescheduling this event in the coming academic year. To be included in updates as they become available, please send an email to Nancy Hare Robbins.

Duke University Center for International & Global Studies is pleased to announce that the speaker for the 2020 Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies is The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, former US Ambassador to NATO and Greece during his twenty-seven year career as a Foreign Service Officer in the US government. He is currently the Roy & Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy & International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School; founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project; and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe & the Transatlantic Relationship.

Professor Burns' talk will be: America’s Foreign Policy in the Trump Era, which will be held on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 5pm in the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium at Duke University.

The Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture in International Studies was established by Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and James H. Semans and their family to honor Mrs. Semans’ father, who had a distinguished career as a diplomat in the service of the United States and was an original signer of The Duke Endowment.
An exhibition celebrating the life and career of Ambassador Tony Biddle is in the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from December 6, 2019 through May 1, 2020. 
This program is made possible by the Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Lectureship Endowment and by the Mary Trent Jones-Sarah Trent Harris-Rebecca Trent Kirkland Endowment, recognizing Dr. and Mrs. Semans’ daughters who received their education at Duke University.
The lecture symbolizes Duke University’s continuing commitment to promoting international understanding.


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