Swanee Hunt, a former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and the current director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will deliver the next President's Forum talk at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 16 in Albright Auditorium.
Hunt’s speech, “This is Not Our War,” should be of special interest to public policy and women’s studies students. Hunt launched the Vienna Women’s Initiative while ambassador in that capital city, and worked with the displaced women who were victims of the war in Bosnia. After the war, she organized The Sarajevo Office of Hunt Alternatives as a part of a relief campaign. The office continues to support women in war-torn communities.
Hunt was one of the co-founders of the Women and Public Policy Program program at Harvard and has been its director since 1997. The program was set up to integrate the understanding of gender perspectives on public policy students.
Hunt has had articles published in the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post, and International Herald Tribune. She has received honors from the Anti-Defamation League, the American Mental Health Association, the National Women’s Forum, and the Institute for International Education.
She writes a syndicated column and is the author of “This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace,” copies of which are now available at the College Store; she has agreed to sign copies after her talk.
She also chairs The Initiative for Inclusive Security (formerly known as Women Waging Peace), a global policy-oriented initiative integrating women into peace processes. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, master’s degrees in psychology and religion, and a doctorate in theology.
Her address will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM, 89.7 starting at 7:30 p.m.