with Ambassador Genta Hawkins Holmes

University of California Davis, Spring Term, 2005

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Ambassador Genta Hawkins Holmes will lead a seminar in practical diplomacy during the Spring Quarter at the University of California, Davis. 

Mrs. Holmes was, most recently, the United States Ambassador to The Commonwealth of Australia and, previously, to the Republic of Namibia. Before coming to UC Davis as a Diplomat in Residence in the mid nineties, she was the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel for the U.S. Department of State. 

Ambassador Holmes taught a similar seminar at UC Davis before taking up her duties in Australia.  The seminar was well-received by students and helped persuade several to intern with the State Department and prepare for careers in the Foreign Service.

For 2004, the seminar will be organized in much the same way as an American Embassy abroad organizes its own work.  Students in the course will play the roles of various Embassy officers on a country team.  Reading requirements will include books and various web sites. Students will have to distill and synthesize their readings in order to prepare coherent and cogent briefings –both oral and written.  Among the countries likely to be covered are Namibia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bolivia, and Nepal. 

There will be several guest lecturers in the course, including:

Ambassador Howard Franklin Jeter, who was formerly US Ambassador to Nigeria; Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs; Director of West African Affairs; and also served as the President’s Special Envoy for Liberia. 

Ambassador Peter Burleigh, who was formerly US Ambassador and Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Ambassador to Sri Lanka; and Coordinator for Counter- Terrorism for the US Department of State.  

Ambassador Robert S. Gelbard, who was formerly US Ambassador to Indonesia and to the Republic of Bolivia; Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

The specific course requirements and grading policy can be seen here.

Last revised
March 14, 2005
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