Diplomatic Encounters Series

Diplomatic Encounters Series Expansion with Chicago Consular Corps Launched in 2016

Over 80 guests, comprising representatives from the Chicago Consular Corps and faculty, students, and staff from the University of Chicago, joined President Robert J. Zimmer and the Dean of the Chicago Consular Corps, Consul General Patricia Maza-Pittsford, co-hosts of the event, on November 19, 2015, to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary.

Welcoming remarks by President Zimmer and Consul General Maza-Pittsford were followed by brief presentations from Jens Ludwig, McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy in the School of Social Service Administration and Harris School of Public Policy, as well as Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, Giulia Galli, Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering, The Institute for Molecular Engineering, and Steve Edwards, Executive Director, Institute of Politics.

Ian Solomon, Vice President for Global Engagement, then announced that the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, International House, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and other area studies centers are joining forces with the Chicago Consular Corps to expand the Diplomatic Encounters series to better connect the UChicago community with representatives of diplomatic missions from around Chicago and across the nation. The series will aim to provide a venue to hear from leading diplomats, engage them in open dialogue, and come to a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing countries around the world. Programs for the series would be held throughout the academic year.