Diplomatic Encounters Series

Launched in 2015, International House along with UChicago Global joined 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 aims 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 are held throughout the year including the annual consular reception hosted by the Office of the President.

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.

Photo (from left) Harriet Berg, Consul General of Norway, Norwegian Consulate General of New York; Denise M. Jorgens, Director of International House; and Paul Anderson, Honorary Consul General of Norway in Chicago. Consul General Berg enjoyed her visit and tour of International House and of the UChicago campus. In addition, Consul General Berg met with representatives of the UChicago Global Office.
 

Photo (from left) Denise M. Jorgens, Director of International House welcomes Phumzile Mazibuko, Consul General of South Africa in Chicago to a Diplomatic Encounters Series program Celebrating Global Diversity in the African Diaspora. Consul General Mazibuko delivered the keynote address at the February 28th program which was a Black History Month event.

The South Asian Music Ensemble concert was held on Sunday, March 3, 2019. This program was supported in part by the Birendra K. and Anila Sinha Fund for Indian Performing Arts at International House. (From left) Allison Brustin, Marvin Brustin, Honorary Consul General of Nepal, Denise Jorgens, Director of International House and I-House alumni Anil Trivedi and Khazan Agrawal.