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About the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Lecture Series: UC Hastings established the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Lecture Series to honor the memory, life, and work of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a member of the UC Hastings class of 1989. Based on consultation with his family, this series emphasizes law and public policy as used in practice to advance global understanding and peace. "Gathering experts to discuss law and foreign policy as it relates to actual legal practice in the promotion of global understanding presents a fitting opportunity to further the legacy of Chris's style of diplomacy and his life's work," said Tom Stevens, Ambassador Stevens' brother. 

Past keynote speakers include:

Leila Fadel is NPR's international correspondent based in Cairo.  Before joining NPR, she covered the Middle East for The Washington Post. In her role as Cairo Bureau Chief she reported on a wave of revolts and their aftermaths in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria.  Prior to her position as Cairo Bureau Chief for the Post, she covered the Iraq war for nearly five years with Knight Ridder, McClatchy Newspapers and later the Washington Post. Her foreign coverage of the devastating human toll of the Iraq war earned her the George. R. Polk award in 2007.  Leila Fadel is a Lebanese-American journalist who speaks conversational Arabic and was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. 

R. Nicholas Burns is a university professor, columnist, lecturer and former American diplomat. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a member of the Board of Directors of the school's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. At the Harvard Kennedy School, he is Director of The Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the programs on the Middle East and India and South Asia. Appointed by President George W. Bush, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 2005 and was sworn into office by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As Under Secretary, he oversaw the bureau's responsible for U.S. policy in each region of the world and served in the senior career Foreign Service position at the Department.

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. was appointed as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry on September 30, 2013 after a three-year term as the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from November 2005 – November 2009.

Ambassador William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.

2016-17: From the Middle East to the West: The Transformation of Authoritarianism to Populism
Leila Fadel, NPR's international correspondent based in Cairo and the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow.

2015-16: America’s role in a Changing Middle East and a Changing World
Ambassador William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2014-15:  Law, Politics, and Policy in the Greater Middle East
Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Mr. Robert Worth, Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, contributor to the New York Times Magazine. http://www.uchastings.edu/news/articles/2015/03/stevens-lecture-2015.php

2013-14:  The Arab Spring and the Future of U.S. Diplomacy
Professor Beth Van Schaack, Professor Catherine Powell, Professor Jane Stromseth, Professor Asli Bâli, Professor Sujit Choudhry, Professor Clark Lombardi, Ambassador James Jeffrey, Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.


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