UT alumna to discuss worldview of America and its effect at home

February 1, 2018 | Events, News, UToday, Alumni, Arts and Letters, Honors
By Cathy Zimmer

UT alumna Shamila Chaudhary will return to campus to deliver a lecture titled “The Meaning of America, at Home and Abroad” Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. in Doermann Theatre.

The event marks the second of this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture series.


Chaudhary, a foreign policy analyst and photographer based in Washington, D.C., will discuss the U.S. role in the world and its connection to the social and economic landscapes of life within the United States. She will address the many transformations underway in American identity and culture as they relate to politics, the humanities, law and international affairs.

She is the senior adviser to Dean Vali Nasr of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies. She also has a blog titled “All Things Foreign,” where she shares comments and essays on foreign policy and current events.

“Shamila Chaudhary is a former Obama White House and State Department official and a frequent commentator on CNN and BBC. She is also an author, and her article in The Atlantic magazine describing a multifaith Middle Eastern refugee community in Toledo is a wonderful read,” said Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “Altogether, she represents the amazing career possible with an honors degree in the humanities from The University of Toledo, and I’m excited for our students to meet her.”

Chaudhary received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and women’s studies from the UT Honors College and former College of Arts and Sciences in 1999.

Guests are invited to stay for a reception following the lecture.

Tickets are free by visiting utoledo.edu/honorslecture.

For questions and tickets for groups larger than 10, contact the Jesup Scott Honors College at honors@utoledo.edu or 419.530.6030.

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