Monday, November 10, 2008JOHNSON CITY— The principal deputy assistant secretary in the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, John Dinger, will visit East Tennessee State University as part of the 2008 International Education Week celebration.
Dinger will deliver a public lecture, “Where the Heck is Ouagadougou, and Why Should I Care? The Importance of U.S. Engagement Abroad,” on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium, room 127. This lecture will discuss the importance of international engagement on many levels, including diplomacy, bi-lateral relations, international exchange programs, and cooperation on a host of issues such as anti-terrorism and climate change. A reception in Slocumb Galleries will immediately follow the lecture.
Earlier that day, Dinger will address a faculty development workshop, “Overseas Opportunities for Faculty.” On Thursday (Nov. 20), he will speak to several undergraduate classes in international studies, modern political theory and criminal justice. At 4:30 p.m., he will hold an open question and answer session with the Philosophy Club and ETSU’s branch of Amnesty International.
Prior to his current position, Dinger was the senior adviser to the under secretary of state for political affairs for a year, and from 2003-2005 he served as deputy coordinator for counterterrorism.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of minister counselor, Dinger was the U.S. ambassador to Mongolia from 2000-2003. He also served in Johannesburg, South Africa; Sapporo, Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and London.
In addition, Dinger’s career has included positions as a member of the State Department’s Senior Seminar, director of the State Department’s Office of Press Relations, deputy director of the Office of Japanese Affairs, and as a national security fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Dinger’s visit is sponsored by the ETSU Honors College and the Department of Political Science.