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PARCC Conversations ~ A Front Row Seat to Foreign Policy History at the Carter White House

341 Eggers Hall

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Guest Speakers: Evan and Kit Dobelle are Former United States Chiefs of Protocol for the White House under the Carter Administration.  

Multiple transformational foreign policy achievements of President Jimmy Carter remain intact after the passage of 40 years.  For this special PARCC Conversation, Evan and Kit Dobelle, who each served that Administration as Chief of Protocol of the United States with the rank of Ambassador, will discuss highlights from their work with critical international affairs from 1977-1981.  Particular focus will include the Panama Canal Treaty negotiations, the Camp David Peace process, and the visit of Deng Xiaoping establishing full diplomatic relations with China.  During this period they oversaw arrangements for over 60 official visits of Heads of State and Heads of Government, as well as White House travel to more than 30 countries.  

Evan Dobelle is currently a Visiting Leadership Scholar at the Moller Institute in Churchill College at the University of Cambridge U.K. Previously, he served as Executive Assistant to several U.S. Governors and Senators, as Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts and President of five institutions of higher education. 

Kit Dobelle served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Rosalynn Carter after succeeding Evan as U.S. Chief of Protocol.  She has worked in the offices of a former Governor and United States Senator, as well as lecturing on public policy issues.   

Conversations in Conflict Studies is a weekly educational speaker series for students, faculty, and the community. The series, sponsored by PARCC, draws its speakers from Syracuse University faculty, national and international scholars and activists, and PhD students. Pizza is served. Be sure to check out the full list of speakers.

If you require accommodations, please contact Deborah Toole by email or by phone at 315.443.2367 at least one week prior to the event.   

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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.