Thursday, August 24, 2017

H.E. Aung Lynn, ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United States, will deliver the first installment of the fall 2017 International Speaker Series. The ambassador will present “Introducing Myanmar: Culture, Politics and Foreign Relations” at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Atkins Library’s Halton Reading Room.

Lynn was appointed to his role as the ambassador to the United States from Myanmar on July 18, 2016. This marked the first time in more than 50 years that a career member of the Foreign Ministry has held the post. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Yangon and first joined his country's government in 1982 as an assistant engineering geologist in the Ministry of Irrigation. The following year, he moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Myanmar's transition to democracy has marked a new stage for the country, and its bilateral relations with the United States and others. Lynn will share his outlook on Myanmar's future, the continued efforts of reconciliation and political and institutional reform, as well as his insight on Myanmar-U.S. bilateral relations.

Faculty are encouraged to reserve space to attend with their classes and/or arrange for an extra-credit sign-in sheet for their students. Email to arrange a sign-in sheet for a class. Individuals may RSVP through the online registration form.

The Office of International Programs, in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Atkins Library and the Department of Global Studies, sponsors the International Speaker Series.

More information is available on the International Speaker Series website.