Middle East Expert and Former U.S. Ambassador to Speak


David Dunford, a former U.S. ambassador and an expert on the Middle East, will visit Roanoke College as a scholar-in-residence Jan. 29 through Feb. 4. While at Roanoke, Dunford, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will give a public lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 1, discussing “The Arab Awakening: Where Is It Going and Why Should We Care?” The lecture will start at 7:30 p.m., and it will be held at Olin Theater. Free tickets are required.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for weeklong residential programs.

Dunford will teach some business and history classes at Roanoke throughout the week, advise Amnesty International, the Model U.N. and other student clubs and meet with the International Cluster, a faculty group interested in international affairs. He also is planning a seminar and a bird-watching excursion.

Dunford is a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, including three years as U.S. ambassador to Oman and four years as deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. In 2003, he was the senior official in charge of reorganizing Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other assignments.

Dunford teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the business environment in the Middle East at the University of Arizona. He also consults for the government and the private sector on Middle East issues.

Dunford’s visit is sponsored by Roanoke’s Public Affairs department. Tickets for his Feb. 1 appearance are available at www.roanoke.edu/tickets or by calling (540) 378-5125.