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Cassandra de Ridder

January 7, 2002


DALLAS -- Three former ambassadors who served in Asia, the Middle East and Russia will deliver the Global Visions Series lectures presented annually by the Dallas Council on World Affairs.

In keeping with the Dallas Council on World Affairs’ mission of connecting Dallas and the world, the Global Visions Series is intended to give a snapshot view of the world to local citizens. This year’s Global Visions Series is being cosponsored by Southern Methodist University’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and underwritten by Jackson Walker, L.L.P. All three lectures are being delivered on the SMU campus.

The cost of each lecture is $20 for council members, $25 for non-members. Participants may order tickets by calling 214-748-5663. SMU faculty, staff and students may attend free with a valid university ID. Preceding each lecture will be a 6 p.m. reception with the speaker, and immediately following each lecture there will a question and answer period.

For more information, please call the Dallas Council on World Affairs at (214) 748-5663. The following are the dates, speakers and topics for each lecture:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22 -- Edward P. Djerejian, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and to the Syrian Arab Republic and the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Djerejian will speak at 6:30 p.m. in SMU’s Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom located at 3300 Dyer Street. His topic is “The Geopolitical Implications of September 11th.”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 -- James F. Collins, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum on the SMU campus, located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. Collins’ topic is “Russia: 10 Years After the Soviet Collapse.”
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 -- J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Indonesia, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum. The topic of his speech is “China in an Asian Context.” This program is also co-sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, and the World Affairs Councils of America.

The Dallas Council on World Affairs, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, is the leading foreign affairs forum in the Dallas Metroplex. Since 1951, the Council’s purpose has been to promote greater understanding of global affairs in our community through a balance of public events, educational activities and the international visitor program.

Members of the Council include schools, public institutions, businesses and individuals who want first hand information on global issues and direct participation in international exchange.