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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host the fourth annual Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lecture with Ambassador Mary Ann Peters on October 5

The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) and the Office of the Dean will host the fourth annual Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lecture titled “Why America Matters” with U.S. Ambassador Mary Ann Peters on Wednesday, October 5. Dean James B. Steinberg will provide opening remarks, with moderation by FPI Executive Director Ambassador Cinnamon Dornsife.
Betty Lou Hummel (1925-2001) was a member of SAIS’s first graduating class of 1946. Her close friends endowed a generous gift in her name to the Foreign Policy Institute that funds this annual lecture as well as additional programming and research.
James Steinberg
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters
Ambassador-in-Residence and Professor of Practice, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University

Ambassador Cinnamon Dornsife
Executive Director, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
Time and Date
4:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Reception to follow

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
This event is open to the public and media, with registration.
This event is on the record.
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About the Speakers
Mary Ann Peters is currently Ambassador-in-Residence and Professor of Practice at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. In 2020 she retired after 6 years as CEO of The Carter Center, an international nonprofit founded by former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering.  As CEO, Ambassador Peters managed a $125 million project portfolio and led a worldwide team of 3000 people.

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Ambassador Peters was Provost of the U.S. Naval War College from September 2008 to July 2014. Earlier Ambassador Peters served as Associate Director and Dean of Academics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, an international security and defense studies institute that promotes dialogue among the nations of North America, Europe, and Eurasia.

Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a U.S. career diplomat. From 2000 to 2003, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the Embassy response to the September 11 attack and earning a Presidential Meritorious Service Award for that work. Prior to her posting in Dhaka, Ambassador Peters was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ottawa, Canada, responsible for managing the embassy and supervising six U.S. consulates general. From 1995 to 1997, Ambassador Peters served as Director for European and Canadian affairs on the National Security Council staff where, among other portfolios, she worked to support the Northern Ireland peace process. Earlier postings included Sofia, Bulgaria, Moscow during the Soviet era, Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma (now Myanmar) and Frankfurt, Germany. During her career, Ambassador Peters attained professional competency in the French, Italian, German, Bulgarian, Russian and Burmese languages.

Ambassador Peters is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Asia Foundation, the Boards of Directors of Project HOPE and Restoring Vision and on the Board of Councilors of the Center for Global Health Innovation.  Ambassador Peters has published several op-eds and co-authored a textbook chapter on the use of diplomacy in counterterrorism. She is married to Tim McMahon; they have two grown children.
James B. Steinberg is the 10th Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Most recently, he served as the University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he was also Dean from 2011 to 2016. Before joining Syracuse University, he was Deputy Secretary of State from 2009 to 2011, serving as the principal deputy to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From 2005 to 2008, Steinberg held the role of Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 2001 to 2005. From 1996 to 2000, Steinberg served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton. During this time, he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G8 summits. Before the Deputy National Security Advisor role, Steinberg held positions as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Steinberg’s most recent books are A Glass Half Full? Rebalance, Reassurance and Resolve in the U.S.-China Relationship and Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century. Steinberg wrote both books with Michael O’Hanlon. His recent book chapters and articles include: “Too Much History: American Policy and East Asia in the Shadow of the Past” in Texas National Security Review; “Present at the ‘Re-Creation’: The Role of the State Department in Formulating and Implementing U.S. Global Policy” in America’s National Security Architecture; “United States: Grappling with Rising Powers” in Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World; and “History, Policymaking, and the Balkans: Lessons Imported and Lessons Learned” in The Power of the Past, History and Statecraft. Steinberg is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and recognitions, including the CIA Director's Medal, Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award from the American Political Science Association, and Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.
Cinnamon Dornsife is currently Senior Advisor to the Dean and Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank. At SAIS, Professor Dornsife held several senior positions in the International Development Program over the past 15 years, including Acting Director, Senior Associate Director and Senior Advisor. She currently teaches courses on the international financial institutions and social entrepreneurship. Her research interests include reforming global governance and livable cities.  She also leads the social entrepreneurship leadership activities at SAIS, including serving as Faculty Director for the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Fund. Professor Dornsife has served in many high-profile roles, including US Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank. She spent more than a decade serving the Asia Foundation in several senior positions at headquarters, heading the Washington, D.C. office and in the field office in Indonesia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ABT Associates and the American Bird Conservancy, and on the Board of Advisors, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Professor Dornsife holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Emory University and an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
About the Foreign Policy Institute
The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) of the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. FPI seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia.
​Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For more than 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022