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E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program

Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:00pm Free
Dr. Jack Matlock, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and special assistant to the President, will be the featured speaker for Angelo State University’s E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program.

Dr. Matlock will present one public lecture entitled, “The Cold War with Russia: How Did We Get Here?”

About the Speaker

Dr. Matlock spent 35 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including a stint as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-91. He also served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs, senior director for European and Soviet affairs on the National Security Council staff, and U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia.

Prior to his appointment to Moscow as ambassador, Matlock served three tours at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1981. His other Foreign Service assignments include:

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Accra, Republic of Ghana
  • Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He also served tours in Washington, D.C., as director of Soviet affairs in the U.S. State Department and as deputy director of the Foreign Service Institute.

Before entering the Foreign Service, Matlock was an instructor in Russian language and literature at Dartmouth College. During the 1978-79 academic year, he was a visiting professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

Since his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1991, he has held academic posts at Columbia University, Princeton University, Hamilton College, Mt. Holyoke College and the Institute for Advanced Study, where he was the George F. Kennan Professor.

About the Symposium

The E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program is dedicated to providing ASU students and the community with a broader worldview and exposing students to potential career opportunities in the Foreign Service. The program is sponsored by the ASU College of Arts and Humanities.


C.J. Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center

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College of Arts and Humanities