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Diplomacy, Diversity, and Civility in Turbulent Times with U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas

Newhouse 3, I-3 Center, Room 432

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Lecture with U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas

Director, Diplomacy Program, University of Central Florida

Former U.S. Ambassador Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas will share personal and professional reflections drawn from a lifetime of experience as a diplomat, a public diplomacy expert, and a communicator.  Ambassador Elam-Thomas comes to Syracuse as part of her conversation series entitled “Civility Strategies: Healing Approaches That Unite People and Strengthen Democracy.”  Her series focuses on uniting across lines of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and political affiliation.   

Ambassador Elam-Thomas’ remarkable life journey is documented in the recently published memoir, Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey From Roxbury to Dakar.  She offers an insider’s look at her service to the nation, including perspectives on overcoming anti-American sentiment abroad and forging productive, mutually beneficial diplomatic relationships.  Copies of Diversifying Diplomacy will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the public relations/international relations graduate program, a joint program offered by the Newhouse School and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; the public relations department (Newhouse); and the international relations program (Maxwell). 

For more information, or if you require accommodations, please contact Elizabeth Feeley at or (315) 443-7401 by Monday, September 24. 

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.