2013 Spring Distinguished Speaker Series presents Ambassador Dennis Ross

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz is proud to present Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, as part of its 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series. Ambassador Ross will discuss the question, “What are the challenges for U.S. policy in the Middle East in 2013 and beyond?” This presentation will examine the implications of the Arab Awakening for the region and U.S. policy; the United States, Israel, and the Iranian nuclear issue; and what is possible on peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Ambassador Ross will speak on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 100 on the New Paltz campus. A question-and-answer session will be moderated by Ottaway Fellow and National Public Radio (NPR) Middle East correspondent Deborah Amos, and a book signing and reception will follow.

Ambassador Dennis Ross

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ambassador Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control, and the greater Middle East. He is the author of several influential books on the peace process, and his articles have appeared in “World Politics,” “Political Science Quarterly,” “Orbis,” “International Security,” ”Survival,” and the “Journal of Strategic Studies.”

Ambassador Ross has served in the presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, and he has worked alongside Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tickets for the Distinguished Speaker Series may be purchased at the SUNY New Paltz Parker Theatre Box Office or by visiting: www.newpaltz.edu/speakerseries/

New Paltz faculty, staff, alumni, and non-New Paltz students: $13.00; General Public: $18.00. SUNY New Paltz students are free with ID (limited tickets available). For further information, please call 845-257-3880 or 845-257-3972.

Founded in 2008, New Paltz’s Distinguished Speaker Series aims to connect community members, alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, and their families with accomplished authors, policymakers, scientists, media experts, business people, and other luminaries. The series hosts speakers twice every academic year.

The State University of New York at New Paltz’s 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series is supported by the generosity of Campus Auxiliary Services, M&T Bank, Sodexo, and the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, Howard Goldblatt (class of ’73), Liberty Mutual, and in part by the SUNY New Paltz Center for Middle Eastern Dialogue.