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"Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy"

Lecture Location: 
Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center

An alumnus of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will deliver his viewpoint on foreign aid at a lecture on campus.

In his talk, “Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy,” Eric Reading (BA ’92, MA ’93, International Affairs) will examine how foreign assistance investments in disaster relief, public health, food security, basic education, and economic growth support our coutnry’s national interest.

Reading is executive vice president of the development firm Chemonics International, whose mission is to promote change around the world to “help people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives.” He contends in his lecture that while foreign assistance is commonly known for its humanitarian outcomes, foreign assistance is a vital component of the U.S. national security strategy and critical to U.S. economic prosperity.

In 2016, Reading was elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a broad-based, influential network of more than 400 businesses, non-governmental organizations, and community leaders who support a smart-power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside a strong defense.

Reading has been a very active alum, frequently coming to campus to share his professional experiences and career advice with students, particularly international affairs majors,

The talk is sponsored by the college’s Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, which brings to campus prominent academics, international experts, and political figures speaking on such current topics as American foreign policy, human rights, the Middle East peace process, and the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Speakers also participate in discussions with smaller groups of students and faculty members, creating dialogues on the complexities of our constantly changing world.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Public parking for the lecture is available in the university’s multi-story garage at the corner of Macomb and West Call streets.

Lecture Date: 

April 6, 2017 - 4:00-5:30 pm