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Saturday, December 15, 2018

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This month, SDSU will recognize the 75th anniversary of the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs. This month, SDSU will recognize the 75th anniversary of the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs.

Diplomacy in Action

The SDSU Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs has been educating students on international relations for 75 years.
By Gina Jacobs

Since 1942, the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs has served San Diego State University students as a forum for analysis and discussion of international relations.

This month, SDSU will recognize the institute’s 75th anniversary by bringing two of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats to campus for a lecture on some of today’s most compelling issues and regions.
  • Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns:  Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece; currently a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Ambassador John Bass: U.S. Ambassador to Turkey; Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia
Also in attendance will be special guest speaker Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and chief executive officer of People to People International, an organization founded by the former president in 1953 that seeks to enhance international understanding through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities.

The event will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center’s Fowler Family Ballroom.

“We are honored to host these renowned diplomats who will share their immense knowledge on the challenges facing the world in today’s ever-changing global affairs,” said Chinyeh Hostler, widow of Charles W. Hostler and an SDSU alumna.

Hostler served as deputy assistant secretary for international commerce for President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford, and later served as U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain during the Persian Gulf War. The retired Air Force colonel passed away in 2014 at the age of 94.

Over the years, the Hostler Institute has hosted both U.S. and international ambassadors as part of its lecture series to promote international dialogue. This summer, the institute is funding three faculty research grants. The awardees—all from SDSU’s political science department—will be examining a variety of global issues affecting countries like Libya, South Africa and Ukraine.

“Since it was established in 1942, the Hostler Institute has helped scores of students understand the complexities of world affairs,” said Norma Bouchard, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Charles’s legacy lives on through our students, and we continue to take great pride in the institute's contributions to greater global awareness.”

To view the lecture via live stream, click here.