Jan. 20, 2010
Ambassador for Global Women's Issues to Visit Emory
Ambassador Melanne Verveer, United States ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, will visit Emory University and speak at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 as part of the university's Turkish Lecture Series, hosted by The Halle Institute, Emory College, Turkish Honorary Consul General for Georgia, Mona Diamond and the American-Turkish Friendship Council.
In 2009 President Barack Obama appointed Verveer to the newly created position of ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, reflecting the importance of these issues to the president and his administration. In her capacity as director of the U.S. Department of State's new office on Global Women's Issues, Verveer coordinates foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women around the world. She mobilizes concrete support for women's rights and political and economic empowerment through initiatives and programs designed to increase women's and girls' access to education and health care, to combat violence against women and girls in all its forms, and to ensure that women's rights are fully integrated with human rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy.
Verveer most recently served as chair and co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit she co-founded. Vital Voices invests in emerging women leaders and works to expand women's roles in generating economic opportunities, promoting political participation and safeguarding human rights.
Prior to that, Verveer served as assistant to the president and chief of staff to then-first lady Hillary Clinton, where she was chief assistant in the first lady's international activities to advance women's rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. Verveer also led the effort to establish the President's Interagency Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White House, she served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as legislative staff. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women's Foreign Policy Group, among others.
Turkish Lecture Series
Emory's Turkish Lecture Series brings public intellectuals in the fields of Ottoman and Turkish studies, including business and trade, history, politics and culture, to interact with students, faculty and members of the Atlanta community. The endowed series is hosted by The Halle Institute in cooperation with the Turkish Honorary Consul General for Georgia, Mona Diamond, the American-Turkish Friendship Council and Emory College.
Previous speakers in the series include His Excellency Nabi Sensoy, ambassador of Turkey to the United States; Ali Carkoglu, professor of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University in Istanbul; the Hon. Murat Sungar, first deputy secretary general of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and former ambassador of Turkey to the United Nations Office in Geneva; and Soner Cagaptay, senior fellow and director of the Washington Institute's Turkish Research Program.