2011-2012 SPEAKERS


Date:           Monday, May 21, 2012

Speaker:   Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh

Topic:       Diplomacy and Democracy Promotion in the Digital Age:
                    Impacts in Iran, Syria, and North Africa

Carey Cavanaugh is Director of the Patterson School of International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. He returned to academia after a twenty-two year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State, centered on conflict resolution, political-military affairs, and humanitarian issues.

In addition to Washington assignments, Ambassador Cavanaugh served in Berlin, Moscow, Tbilisi, Rome, and Bern. In 1992, he established the first U.S. Embassy to the new Republic of Georgia, serving as Chargé d’affaires. Under Presidents Clinton and Bush, he spearheaded or helped advance peace efforts involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Turkey. Cavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Ambassador/Special Negotiator responsible for conflicts in Eurasia in 2002 (in this role he served concurrently as the US Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group). His final government assignment was foreign policy/political advisor to U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Mullen (later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff).

Professor Cavanaugh holds a B.A. in Russian at the University of Florida, and an M.A. in Government and International Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, with additional work at Notre Dame and the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).


Date:      Monday, April 23, 2012

Speaker:  Ambassador William Itoh

Topic:     Two Steps Forward:  Political and Economic Change in Southeast Asia

William Itoh is the Director of Washington International Programs for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, an international-business consulting firm. From 1995-1999 he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. Prior to his appointment to Bangkok, he was Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House (1993 1995).

Ambassador Itoh also served in London (1976 1978) and as the U.S. Consul General to Western Australia (1986-1990). His Washington assignments included service as Deputy Executive Secretary and Acting Executive Secretary of the Department of State from 1991 1993. While Ambassador to Thailand he received the Department of State's Charles S. Cobb Award for outstanding support of the American business community and was awarded an honorary Ph.D in Economics by Khon Kaen University, presented by His Majesty the King in December 1998, in recognition of his efforts in support of Thailand's recovery during the Asian financial crisis.

Ambassador Itoh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations, the Washington International Trade Association and the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kenan Institute Asia in Bangkok.


Date:         Thursday, March 22, 2012

Speaker:  Denis Stevens, Consul General of Canada in Seattle howski

Topic:      U.S.-Canada Relations: Beyond the Border Action Plan

Denis Stevens, Consul General of Canada in Seattle, is Canada’s senior representative in the Pacific Northwest. A native of Montreal, he has served in the Canadian government for 17 years, including the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Justice and the Privy Council, which serves the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to his appointment as Consul General, he served as Director General for Intergovernmental Relations. He earned a B.A. degree with great honors from Harvard University and both law and M.B.A. degrees from McGill University.

Stevens is in Boise to participate in Canada Week at Boise State University.


Date:         Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Speaker:  Peggy Sands Orchowski

Topic:     Immigration and the American Dream:
                  Battling the Political Hype and  Hysteria

Peggy Sands Orchowski, a journalist and author and is currently the Congressional Correspondent in Washington DC for the Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine; she covers Congressional, political and legislative affairs that affect Latinos, particularly in higher education. She also writes a monthly column “UNCENSORED”.

She was a reporter for the Associated Press in South America, the United Nations Press Corps in Geneva, Switzerland, and her hometown newspaper the Santa Barbara News Press, where she wrote about bilingual education. In 2005-06, she was an editor at the Congressional Quarterly.  Peggy earned her B.A. in journalism at UC Berkeley, MAs in urban affairs (Occidental College) and International Relations (UCSB) and a Ph.D. in international educational finance from the Univ. of CA at Santa Barbara. Her book 'Immigration and the American Dream: Battling the Political Hype and Hysteria' was released by Rowman and Littlefield in June.


Date:          Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Speaker:  Amb. Patrick Duddy

Topic:      Brazil:  An Emerging Power

Patrick Duddy, currently Diplomat in Residence at Duke University, is one of the State Department’s most senior Latin American specialists. From 2007-2010, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela. Previously he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere; Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia; and a variety of senior positions in Latin America.  


Date:            Monday, November 28, 2011  

Speaker:    Mr. Chris Farrel, Chief Economics Correspondent, Minnesota
                      Public Radio

Topic:      The Globalization of Financial Policymaking

Mr. Chris Farrell, is economics editor for Marketplace Money, American Public Media nationally syndicated public radio personal finance program. An award winning journalist, Chris is a regular contributor to Marketplace Morning Report and chief economics correspondent for American Public Media's documentary unit, American Radio Works and Minnesota Public Radio. He writes for Bloomberg Business Week magazine and he has a weekly column in the Star Tribune.


Date:     Friday, October 28, 2011  

Speaker: Dr. Peter Howard

Topic:     U.S. Response to the Arab Spring

Peter Howard is the Regional Affairs Strategic Analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, covering strategic security issues for the Middle East and North Africa.  Over the past year, his work has focused on the U.S. response to the Arab Spring.  In addition, he covers the role of emerging world powers in the Middle East, terrorism, law enforcement, and the Arab League. Howard came to the State Department as an American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow.  He has received the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin award for outstanding analysis of relations between the countries of the Near East and emerging regional powers.


Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011  

Speaker: Mr. Jorge Piñón  

Fifty years of U.S. – Cuba Policy  

Jorge Piñón
is an international energy consultant, and an energy fellow with the University of Miami's Center for Hemispheric Policy, where he focuses on energy and alternative fuels. He retired from British Petroleum in 2003 after nearly thirty years in the energy sector. Mr. Piñón is a frequent guest energy analyst on CNN En Español, CNN International, Bloomberg Financial News Services, and other news organizations.

 Mr. Piñón has published widely on politics, the media, and foreign policy.