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Weissman Center for Leadership

Diplomacy: On the Front Lines of Public Service

Event cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Ambassador June Carter Perry

Public Lecture

The terms “diplomacy” and “public service” all too often give rise to images of either black tie receptions or bureaucrats pushing paper. In fact, both require patriotic Americans who are willing to literally lay down their lives for fellow citizens. June Carter Perry, retired U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, will explore accurate portrayals of the roles of diplomats in the public service of their country and the keen skills needed to exercise leadership from the deserts of the Middle East and Africa to the halls of Congress. Be prepared to understand what “courage under fire” means and how important leadership -- and the ability to follow the President’s policies -- is in dire situations to defend rights and freedoms too often taken for granted. Co-sponsored by The 175th Anniversary and The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

The Honorable June Carter Perry completed 25+ years of service with the U.S. State Department in 2010. She served as Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone (2007-2010) and in Lesotho (2004-2007), overseeing large work forces and broadly leveraging her extensive experience in public affairs to achieve multiple international development objectives while in service to the United States. She served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Madagascar and the Central African Republic (CAR), among other positions, including Senior Advisor to the Africa Bureau’s Assistant Secretary. She also completed assignments in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and France, and in the Africa Bureau. She coordinated U.S. strategy during cyclone crises in Madagascar and oversaw the evacuation of American citizens during attempted coups in the CAR. View full bio of Ambassador June Carter Perry.