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Former undersecretary of state for political affairs Michael Armacost to serve as Jooinn Lee Lecturer

Posted by Judy Korn on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010


The University of Minnesota, Morris proudly announces Dr. Michael Armacost as the 2010 Jooinn Lee Lecturer. Armacost, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to Japan and the Philippines, and Brookings Institution president, will speak on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. His address, “Shifting Balance in Northeast Asia: Implications for the United States,” is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

Armacost is currently a Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. Between 1995 and 2002, he served as president of Washington D.C’s Brookings Institution, the nation’s oldest think tank and a leader in research on politics, government, international affairs, economics, and public policy. Prior to his work at the Brookings Institution, he served 24 years in positions with the United States government.

Armacost is the author of several books, including Friends or Rivals?, drawing on his tenure as ambassador and published in 1996, and The Future of America’s Alliances in Northeast Asia, co-edited with Daniel Okimoto and published in 2004. A native of Ohio, Armacost earned a master of science and a doctorate in public law and government from Columbia University. He earned an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.

The Jooinn Lee Lecture Series honors Jooinn Lee, professor emeritus of political science and former Division of the Social Sciences chair. Created on the occasion of Lee’s retirement in 2007, the endowed lecture series showcases the political science discipline and cutting-edge scholarship by bringing to campus distinguished alumni, scholars, and prominent practitioners representing the field of politics.

Free and convenient parking is available in the North Lot. Contact Seung-Ho Joo, professor of political science, for more information at 320-589-6203.