Gannon University Hosts Former U.S. Ambassador

Posted: November 2, 2015

David Dunford, former U.S. ambassador to Oman and deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will come to Gannon University as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow for an intensive weeklong visit Nov. 2-6. During the visit, which is sponsored by the Gannon University office of the Provost, Dunford will conduct classes, seminars, workshops and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge of the Middle East.

Dunford will also deliver a public address on Wed., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Entitled "Insights Into the Middle East," the lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.

Former Ambassador Dunford spent 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service including three years as U.S. ambassador to Oman and four years as deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1990-91 Gulf War.

He is the co-author with Iraqi diplomat Ghassan Muhsin Hussein of "Talking to Strangers: The Struggle to Rebuild Iraq's Foreign Ministry." Dunford currently teaches at University of Arizona and consults for government and the private sector on Middle East issues. He is former chairman and board member of AIPT, a non-profit organization specializing in international exchanges that is now called Cultural Vistas.

"I am delighted Ambassador Dunford will mentor and engage with our students for a week," said Ann Bomberger, Ph.D., director of Gannon University's honors program, which is organizing the event. "He brings not only great depths of experience and knowledge about the Middle East to us but also a warm, engaging demeanor."

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for weeklong residential programs of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement.

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