The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the Charleston Library Society present The Ambassador’s Corner.
Ambassador William J. Burns in Conversation with Ambassador Jim Melville: The International Landscape and the State of American Diplomacy.
Ambassador Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He 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. Ambassador Burns is author of the bestselling book, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal (Random House, 2019). The book was awarded the Douglas Dillon Book Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic. Ambassador Burns speaks Russian, Arabic, and French, and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards. He is author of Economic Aid and American Policy Toward Egypt, 1955-1981 (SUNY Press, 1985). He is a recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
WHAT IS THE AMBASSADOR’S CORNER?
The Ambassador’s Corner, a partnership between the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the Charleston Library Society, promotes informed dialogue about today’s pressing global interests. The program brings together accomplished, high-profile leaders from international affairs for a conversation led by the College of Charleston’s own Ambassador James D. Melville, Jr. As a veteran diplomat with over 30 years of experience in the Foreign Service, he is the perfect host for an evening of lively discussion with renowned leaders.
We invite you to join the conversation.
Listen, Discuss, Engage
On Thursday, September 10th, LCWA held it’s first LCWA World Affairs Colloquium of the semester! It was held virtually using zoom and went great! They are excited to share the event with you if you missed out.
Students from Ambassador Melville’s Global Ambassador’s class. From left to right Morgan Rice, Madison Daniel (front row), Lydia Cook (back row), Nicole Simon, Jennifer Smith-Pickering and Grace Parker. Not pictured – Morgan Eppley.
Up to 8 students will be selected for the duration of the program, which will run for two semesters (typically fall and spring). Students may apply after their first two semesters on campus, but some preference will be given to students who will be a Global Ambassador in their third or fourth year at the College. Participants will not be restricted by major.
For consideration for the program, students should submit: a resume; a personal statement describing their achievements to date at the College, as well as interest in the program and goals for participation (1-2 pages); 2-3 references from faculty. Students must have at minimum an overall GPA of 3.25.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
Regular meetings during the first semester of the program, including advising, mentoring, and discussion sessions with the Director and guest speakers. Students will enroll for an independent study or experiential learning (1 credit hour) within their major or within International Studies.
The second semester of the program will consist of consultations with the Director and an independent project on a global issue (e.g., written research; service learning; internship; performance). Students will enroll with the approval of the Director and the Chair/Director of their major department for an independent study or experiential learning (2 credit hours) within their major or within International Studies.
During Spring Break students will travel with the Director for a week in DC where they will participate in special programming, such as visits to think-tanks, NGOs, and service organizations. The cohorts will also take in the sites in DC. This trip will be paid for by the program, provided a student’s performance in the program is judged satisfactory by the Director.
Guest presentations by and strategic interactions with experienced leaders in international service. Participants will attend lectures associated with the LCWA World Affairs Colloquium and the Ambassador’s Corner.
Global Ambassadors is an academic enhancement program offering mentoring, extracurricular and international experiential learning designed for students interested in careers in international service organizations, including the Foreign Service. This program will create meaningful interaction between the students and distinguished professionals in such organizations who are working on global questions and challenges.
The program will be directed by Ambassador Jim Melville, the Associate Dean of International and Community Outreach for LCWA. He will meet regularly with the students and create appropriate learning opportunities, such as presenting materials appropriate for an introduction to the career interest, setting up and participating in advising and discussion sessions, arranging interactions with other eminent professionals, and assisting the student-ambassadors in executing projects on a global challenge.