Diplomatic Encounters Series

On November 19, 2015, the University of Chicago (UChicago) and the Consular Corps in Chicago (CCC) held a reception at Saieh Hall, as part of the activities to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago. In addition to strengthening the relationships between the University of Chicago and the Consular Corps, the reception, which was planned to become an annual event, served as an opportunity to highlight select global activities, as well as to announce next steps in the ongoing relationship. As part of those next steps, it was announced that UChicago, led by the Institute of Politics, International House, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and other area studies centers would be joining forces with the Chicago Consular Corps to expand the Diplomatic Encounters Series to better connect the UChicago community with representatives of diplomatic missions from Chicago, across the nation, and around the world. 

The series, founded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in partnership with International House in 2011, aims to provide a venue to hear from leading diplomats, engage them in open dialogue, and come to a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing countries around the world.  In that effort, each year the University of Chicago and the Chicago Consular Corps work together to develop programs throughout the academic year featuring key diplomatic figures (e.g. consul general, ambassador, and minister).

Past Events

A Conversation with Hong Lei, Consul General of China in Chicago
November 30th, 2016 | International House

The Future of US-Cuban Relations: A conversation with Miguel Fraga
November 18th, 2016 | International House

A Conversation with Argentine Ambassador Martín Lousteau
October 18th, 2016 | International House

Serbia and its integration in the EU: A Discussion with invited His Excellency Djerdj Matkovic, Ambassador of Serbia to the United States
October 3rd, 2016 | Institute of Politics

Turkey Coup Attempt of July 15 and the Restructuring of the Turkish State: A Discussion with Umut Acar, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey
September 29th, 2016 | International House, the Institute of Politics, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A Conversation with Consul General of Germany
May 23rd, 2016 | International House & Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Breakfast with His Excellency Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States
April 29th, 2016 | Institute of Politics

Dinner with Faisal Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan
April 18th, 2016 | Center for Middle Eastern Studies and International House

Conversation with Consul General of Israel to the Midwest
March 10th, 2016 | Institute of Politics

Her Excellency Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of Niger to the United States, on Boko Haram, Regional Instability, and Challenges to Development
February 25th, 2016 |  Institute of Politics

India Awakes: A Discussion with Dr. Ausuf Sayeed, Consul General of India
January 21st, 2016 | International House