Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education

2011 Lecture

Cultural Diplomacy and International Understanding

Dr. Richard Arndt
Author, "The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century"

Friday, November 11, 2011
3M Auditorium, Carlson School of Management

The lecture was organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Cosponsored by the Carlson School of Management, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Minnesota International Center.

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About the Speaker

Richard ArndtDr. Richard Arndt is an academic turned diplomat and an expert in the area of cultural diplomacy. He is the author of "The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century." He began his diplomatic career after leaving his professorship in 18th-century French literature at Columbia University in 1961. His start in cultural diplomacy was with the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State,where he served as U.S. Cultural Attache in Beirut, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Tehran, Rome, and Paris, and in various positions with USIA and State. On retirement in 1985, he served as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Virginia (1986-89) where he also directed mid-career educational programs and joined the permanent faculty of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction. He then taught at the George Washington University (1992-94). He served on numerous boards, including the National Peace Foundation, Fulbright Association, the Council of International Programs, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He is Founding President of the Roth Endowment, honoring his late wife and fellow cultural diplomat Lois W. Roth.

Arndt, Richard T. (2007). The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century. Washington DC: Potomac Books, Inc.

Following the lecture, there was a panel of respondents:

Carrie GryskiewiczCarrie Gryskiewicz earned her bachelor of arts degree in global studies and Spanish studies at the University of Minnesota. During this time, she studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, and Santiago, Chile, and interned with the U.S. Department of State in Lima, Peru. She went on to join the Foreign Service serving as a consular and political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium;, and a public affairs officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. More recently, she taught political science at a Lithuanian University and worked in the International Office supporting educational exchanges. She is currently enrolled in the International Educational Development program at Columbia University.

Abdul OmariAbdul M. Omari was born and raised in south Minneapolis to a Jordanian mother and Kenyan father. He graduated with a B.A. in global studies from the University of Minnesota, continued on to earn a masters of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and is currently working on his doctorate in comparative and international development education. Abdul has traveled abroad to Kenya, Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, and Ghana. His experiences abroad sparked his strong desire to be in the education field. The many encounters he had in schools and townships around the world often paralleled his experiences in the United States. Abdul’s research is focused on mentoring programs in the United States that serve African and African American males and the differences in needs and outcomes for these two populations. After completing his degree, Abdul hopes to work domestically and internationally reforming education and eventually working as an administrator at a public university. Currently, Abdul works for the University's Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration on projects such as internationalizing the curriculum, college readiness initiatives, and school reform.

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The Mestenhauser Legacy Initiative was launched by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance in close consultation with Professor Josef Mestenhauser to recognize his legacy to international education. Through this collection of innovative programs and scholarship, we strive to honor Professor Mestenhauser's legacy of working to broaden international understanding.

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