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Former African Ambassador to Discuss Foreign Policy Challenges of Next U.S. President, Nov. 18

BOSTON (November 5, 2008) — Former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal Walter C. Carrington will discuss the foreign policy challenges facing Barack Obama as the next U.S. president in a lecture Nov. 10 at Simmons College in Boston.

The event, which takes place at 5 p.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 300 The Fenway, is free and open to the public.

Carrington's talk, "Rebuilding the 'City on the Hill': The New President's Foreign Policy Challenges," will explore negative perceptions of the United States abroad, which fell to unprecedented lows during the Bush administration, and ways Obama can reverse them. He also will discuss what the U.S. national security priorities should be.

Carrington served as ambassador to Senegal from 1980-1981 and ambassador to Nigeria from 1993-1997. He has published and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on Africa, and Islam in Africa. In spring 2003 he was published in Ambassador's Review for his work "Understanding the Islam World Beyond Arabia: New Challenges to American Foreign Policy Post-September 11."

Carrington is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and is a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors, the Council of American Ambassadors, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Warburg Lecture Series was established at Simmons College in the early 1980s by Simmons Emerita Trustee Joan Melber Warburg, a 1945 Simmons graduate. Each year, lecturers are chosen who have made significant contributions to important areas of international relations.

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