The Diplomat-in-Residence Program operates under the auspices of the Office of the Provost. Founded in 1993, it brings American and foreign diplomats, government experts, academics, NGO specialists, artists and religious groups to campus each fall and spring semester. The goal of the DRP is to explore transnational issues and crises faced by the international community from the perspectives of diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy, security, religion, art and culture. Lectures, panel discussions, art exhibits, seminars, and a variety of special events, expose students to the events that are shaping the history of our times.
Recent topics have included :
- The Impact of the Chinese Occupation on Tibetan Art and Culture
- Diplomacy and the Fight Against Terrorism
- The Future of Muslim-Christian Relations
- The World At-Risk: Aids, Drugs, and Terrorism
- The Rwanda Genocide: Lessons for the Sudan Crisis and Beyond
Students are increasingly involved with the DRP in conference moderation, topic research and internships. The program has a proven co-curricular record. Activities span the entire academic year and include a series of lectures in fall and spring semesters and a conference in the spring. Dr. Cornelia Tsakiridou, Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the Director of the Diplomat-in-Residence Program.