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Kenneth Yalowitz to Deliver Griffith Lecture at W&L The retired U.S. ambassador’s talk, “Russia-Ukraine: The Conflict and the Context,” will be held in Northen Auditorium on April 26.

Ambassador-Kenneth-S.-Yalowitz-350x350 Kenneth Yalowitz to Deliver Griffith Lecture at W&L

Kenneth Yalowitz, retired United States Ambassador, will present the Robert S. Griffith, Jr. ’52 Lecture at Washington and Lee University on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The lecture, titled “Russia-Ukraine: The Conflict and the Context,” is free and open to the public.

Yalowitz is the director of the conflict resolution master’s program at Georgetown University and serves as a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor at W&L, Georgetown University and Stanford University in Washington, as well as diplomat-in-residence at American University and George Mason University.

As a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 36 years, Yalowitz was ambassador to Belarus from 1994-1997 and Georgia from 1998-2001. He also served in Moscow, The Hague and the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels. He was selected for the Ambassador Robert Frasure Award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work preventing the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia.

Yalowitz directed the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College from 2003-2011, and in 2009 he was elected to the American Academy of Diplomacy, whose members have held positions of high responsibility in crafting and implementing American foreign policy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan member organization, think tank and publisher.

Yalowitz received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin and earned a Russian Institute Certificate and master’s degree from Columbia University.

The Robert S. Griffith Jr. ’52 Visiting Scholar Fund, established in 2006 by Mrs. Helen C. Griffith in memory of her husband, sponsors distinguished visiting teachers and speakers in the areas of history, current events, politics or business. This fund provides assistance for the visiting scholar to be on campus for an extended stay in order to benefit students, faculty and the community through extensive interactions and teaching.