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Frost Foundation Lectureship

Frost Foundation Lectureship

The Frost Foundation Lectureship for Global Issues is an annual lecture series made possible by a grant from the Frost Foundation. The Foundation was named in honor of Edwin Ambrose Frost and Virginia Chapelle Frost and is dedicated to broadening international understanding by showcasing diverse cultural points of view.

2017 Frost Foundation Speaker

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters

CEO, The Carter Center

Tuesday, January 24

5:30 p.m. in the BLUU Ballroom

“Global Realities and Global Leadership”

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters joined The Carter Center as its Chief Executive Officer on September 2, 2014, providing vision and leadership and overseeing program implementation and operations.  The Carter Center is a global not-for-profit institution founded in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter to advance human rights and alleviate suffering among the world’s poorest people.

Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. From 2000 to 2003, she was U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the mission in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks. She received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2003 for her work in Bangladesh. Her other overseas posts include Ottawa, Sofia, Moscow, Mandalay, Yangon and Frankfurt.

In addition to her work as a diplomat, Ambassador Peters served as Provost of the U.S. Naval War College, as well as Dean of Academics at the College of International and Security Studies at the Marshall Center for Security Studies in Germany. Ambassador Peters alsoserved in the White House as director for European and Canadian affairs at the National Security Council. Earlier she served as deputy assistant secretary of state with oversight responsibility for U.S. relations with 19 Western European countries and Canada.

Ambassador Peters holds a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University and a Masters of International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Woman in International Security and serves on the Boards of the Cetana Educational Foundation and the Task Force for Global Health.

The Frost Foundation Lectureship series began in the mid-1990s and is made possible by a gift from the Frost Foundation. The Foundation, named in honor of Edwin Ambrose Frost and Virginia Chapelle Frost, is dedicated to broadening international understanding by showcasing diverse cultural points of view. The Center was named the 2015 Heiskell Award Winner for providing international and comparative experiences for students, such as the international commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.


Previous Frost Foundation Speakers

2015 — Jodi Cobb, National Geographic Photographer
Dr. Val Moghadam on Democratization and Women’s Political Leadership in North Africa

2014 — Dr. Dambisa Moyo, International economist and author

2013 — Nicholas Carr, Author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brain

2012 – Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico

2011 – Greg Mortenson, Author of Three Cups of Tea

2010 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Attorney and environmental activist

2009 – Danya Baumeister, Co-Founder of the Biomimicry Guild

2008 – Erik Peterson, Senior Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies