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January 2009

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2009ASU Logo

Diplomatic Adviser to Speak at ASU Foreign Affairs Speakers Program

David J. Firestein, a senior diplomatic adviser with the U.S. Department of State, will be the featured speaker during the two-day E. James Holland – Roy A. Harrell, Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9-10, at Angelo State University.

Firestein’s presentation, “Tough Questions About United States Public Diplomacy,” will be Monday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive. The program is open free to the public.

Firestein is on leave from the State Department to work for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a presidential panel charged with assessing the effectiveness of the U.S. government’s public diplomacy programs and operations.

He is also an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Foreign Service Association, the Foreign Service’s union and professional association, and is an adjunct professor on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches graduate courses on U.S.-Russian and U.S.-Chinese relations.

Firestein has served in U.S. embassies in Moscow and Beijing and has written three books and more than 130 articles on topics ranging from foreign relations to contemporary country music.

In addition to his Monday evening presentation, Firestein will also speak to classes on campus during the two days, attend a dinner and reception with ASU honors students and a luncheon reception and discussion with modern languages students.

The ASU College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the University Center Program Council and the Center for International Studies are co-sponsors for the program.

For more information, call Dr. Roberto Garza in the ASU Government Department at 942-2005.