March 29, 2005
South Hadley---One of the most influential women ever to serve in the United States State Department will address the question "Does Rising Anti-Americanism Matter?" in a lecture at 7 pm Tuesday, April 5, in Gamble Auditorium in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to all.
The speaker, Phyllis Oakley, was the U.S. State Department's first woman spokesperson and served twice as assistant secretary in the Department of State as a career foreign service officer. Before her retirement in 1999, she headed the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research after leading the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for three years. On the occasion of her retirement, after forty-two years as an American diplomat, the New York Times characterized Oakley as having "forged a trail for women in a man's world."
Oakley currently teaches at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Study at Johns Hopkins University. She taught at Mount Holyoke in 2000.
This event is sponsored by the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.