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European Union Ambassador to deliver public lecture at WVU

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Ambassador David O'Sullivan will deliver a lecture "Europe and the United States: A Relationship Under Strain in a World of Crises" Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Library.

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WHO: David O’Sullivan, ambassador of the European Union to the United States

WHAT: A lecture titled “Europe and the United States: A Relationship Under Strain in a World of Crises”

WHEN: Thursday (Jan. 31), 4 p.m.

WHERE: Milano Reading Room, Downtown Campus Library

DETAILS: Hosted by the WVU Department of Political Science and the International Studies Program. The talk is free and open to the public. 

O’Sullivan has had a distinguished career spanning nearly 50 years, during which he has served in numerous senior official posts in the European public service. Prior to his appointment as E.U. ambassador to the U.S., he was responsible for establishing and acting as the chief operating officer of the European External Action Service, one of the largest diplomatic networks in the world, with 140 delegations across the globe.

WHY WVU: “Ambassador O’Sullivan was a judge in the 2018 Schuman Challenge, an undergraduate foreign policy competition sponsored by the European Union Delegation to the United States. In that role, he met two WVU students, Garrett Burgess and Morgan King, who won the competition as a team. We are honored that the Ambassador wants to visit WVU and we are excited to introduce him to many more of our talented students and faculty,” said Jay Cole, Senior Advisor to President Gee and co-advisor to the WVU Schuman Challenge team.    


Katherine Aaslestad, professor of history, modern Europe, 19th century Europe 

(can also speak to the history and importance of ambassadorial work)

Robert Blobaum, professor of history, modern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe

Clarissa Estep, director, International Studies Program

Christina Fattore, associate professor of political science, international relations, international trade and development

James Friedberg, Hale J. and Roscoe P. Posten professor of law

John Kilwein, chair, department of political science



CONTACT: Katlin Swisher, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; 304.293.9264

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