Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr Lecture on International Studies

Crowd of people at 2018 Biddle Lecture
The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies is pleased to announce that the speaker for the 2021 Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies is The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005 - 2008) and former US Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005) and Greece (1997-2001) 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.

Ambassador Burns' talk will be held on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at 5pm via Zoom.  Zoom registration link:

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.
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.



Amanda Frederick