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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host third annual Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lecture, “Why America Matters,” with U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, April 9 in Washington, DC

The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host its third annual Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lecture on April 9. U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) and alumnus Nicholas Burns ('80) will deliver the lecture, “Why America Matters,” at the school's Washington, DC campus. The event is presented by the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI).
Betty Lou Hummel was a member of the school'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.
U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Time and Date
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:15p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Please note: U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns will not be available for interviews.
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About the Speaker
Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. Burns served in the United States government as a career Foreign Service Officer. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs; Special Assistant to President Clinton; and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Burns served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania. He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017.
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.
About 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 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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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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