The President's Forum Series will host former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ray Burghardt, who will offer an address titled “Vietnam and the U.S.: 30 Years After the War, 10 Years After Normalization” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Burghardt's talk will also culminate a series of events highlighting Vietnam on campus.
Previous to his nomination by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to Vietnam, Burghardt had already assembled a strong history in the Foreign Service. He began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia before working in Vietnam for the Agency for International Development (AID) in 1970. Through the next three decades he worked in various positions in connection with Vietnam and Latin America, such as serving at the American Embassy in Saigon, Guatemala and Honduras. His résumé also contains the positions of Deputy Director of the State Department's Office of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia Affairs, and Senior Director of Latin American Affairs. Most recently Burghardt has been named director of East-West Seminars at the East-West Center–a non-profit education and research organization–a position he assumed in January 2005.
Burghardt's diverse and interesting career will provide the background for his talk on international politics between Vietnam and the United States and provide a springboard for discussions on international graduate study, volunteer opportunities available, and career options hosted by the Center for Global Education and Career Services at HWS.
The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as interested community members.