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Come meet Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union Ambassador to the United States, on Wednesday March 22 from 4:15 - 5:30 pm at TCC 227.

The EU Ambassador to the U.S. Stavros Lambrinidis will be welcomed by USC Professor Dr. Alison Renteln before joining Kamy Akhavan, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future Executive Director, for a conversation about the history and current status of the EU-U.S. relationship, the European Union’s support for Ukraine against Russia’s aggression, the latest developments concerning the Windsor Framework, and human rights. Join us to learn how to make your mark in international politics and diplomacy, and bring whatever questions you may have for Ambassador Lambrinidis. Participants may also follow Ambassador Lambrinidis @EUAmbUS and sign up for the weekly EU in the U.S. Top 10 newsletter.

The event will be Zoomed, livestreamed to Facebook, video recorded for YouTube, and audio recorded for The Bully Pulpit podcast.

This event is in partnership with the nonpartisan Pacific Council on International Policy.

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4:15 Doors open - arrive early so you can get checked in; RSVP and ID required for entry
4:30 Welcome, opening remarks, and intro by Dr. Alison Renteln
4:37 Discussion between Kamy Akhavan and Stavros Lambrinidis
5:15 Audience Q&A 
5:28 Thank you and announcement of next events
5:30 End recording and adjourn 


His Excellency Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis has been the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States since March 1, 2019.

From 2012 to February 2019, he served as the EU Special Representative for Human Rights. In 2011, he was Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece. Between 2004-2011, he was twice elected as a Member of the European Parliament with the Greek Social Democratic Party (PASOK). He has also served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-11), Vice-President of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (2004-09), and Head of the PASOK Delegation (2005-11).

Between 2000-2004, Ambassador Lambrinidis was Director-General of the International Olympic Truce Centre, an International Olympic Committee organization. His other roles include Ambassador ad personam of the Hellenic Republic (1999-2004); Secretary-General of the Greek Foreign Ministry, responsible for Expatriate Greeks (1996-99); and Chief of Staff to the Greek Foreign Minister (1996).

Ambassador Lambrinidis was born in Athens in 1962. He studied Economics and Political Science at Amherst College (Bachelor of Arts, 1984) and Law at Yale Law School (Juris Doctor, 1988). He is married and has a daughter.

Alison Dundes Renteln is a Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at the University of Southern California where she teaches Law and Public Policy with an emphasis on international law and human rights. A graduate of Harvard (History and Literature), she has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from Berkeley Law, and a J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law. Renteln served as Director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics and Vice-Chair of Political Science. In 2005 she received the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2022 the Dornsife Raubenheimer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service. Her publications include several books.  The Cultural Defense received the 2006 USC Phi Kappa Phi Award for Creativity in Research. Professor Renteln worked with the United Nations on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The American Bar Association sent her to teach comparative legal ethics in Bangkok and Manila. She has taught seminars on the rights of ethnic minorities for judges, lawyers, court interpreters, and police officers. She also served on several California civil rights commissions, and is currently a member of the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is a member of the American Society of International Law, the International Law Association (American Branch) and on its Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the the Law and Society Association.

Kamy Akhavan, former CEO of, the nation's leading source of nonpartisan research on controversial issues, now serves as Executive Director of the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF). 

Kamy writes and speaks on numerous topics including the origins of and solutions to political polarization, improving interpersonal communication, the awesome power of debate, nonprofit leadership, digital marketing, civics education, how to teach controversial issues, and politics today. 

With more than 20 years of experience in bridging divides at national levels, Kamy’s work has served more than 200 million people, including students at more than 12,000 schools in all 50 states and 100 countries. He has been published and interviewed in textbooks, magazines, television, radio, newspapers, and websites including Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and CBS.

Kamy teaches four USC classes and serves on several boards including: Bridging Movement Alignment Council (BMAC), Common Ally, Critica, Gell, Listen First Project, PERKS Inc., Psychology of Technology Institute, Team Awareness Combating Overdose (TACO), and The Society Library.

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