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Atlantic Council President to Deliver Waldo Family Lecture on International Relations Oct. 28

Frederick S. Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council of the United States, will deliver the 2010 Old Dominion University Waldo Family Lecture on International Relations.

Kempe, who came to the Washington, D.C.-based think tank from The Wall Street Journal in 2006, will give the lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Convocation Center. His lecture, "The Future of the West in a Changing World," is free and open to the public.

Kempe came to the Atlantic Council following a long and prominent career at The Wall Street Journal, where he won national and international prizes while serving in numerous management and reportorial capacities - editor, associate publisher, columnist and correspondent. He is the author of three books, and a regular commentator on television and radio both in Europe and the United States.

His last position with the Journal was in New York, where he served as assistant managing editor, international, and "Thinking Global" columnist. Prior to that, he was for seven years the longest-serving editor and associate publisher of The Wall Street Journal Europe, simultaneously functioning as European editor for the Global Wall Street Journal from 2002-05.

Throughout his tenure as editor and associate publisher, the newspaper won a number of awards including the prestigious Harold Wincott Award as U.K. Business Journal of the Year, the Media Tenor Award as the top international paper in Europe, and multiple Business Journalist of the Year prizes from the World Leadership Forum in London. His teams have participated in two Pulitzer Prizes.

Kempe is a graduate of the University of Utah and has a master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a member of the International Fellows program in the School of International Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Said School of Business.

ODU's first endowed lecture series, the Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations was established in 1985. It is modeled after the Weil Family Lecture on American Citizenship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Over the years, renowned speakers in the fields of government, foreign affairs, journalism, education and public service have visited ODU, meeting with students, staff, faculty and the public.

The Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations honors the memory of Loren Pierce Waldo Jr., William Joseph Waldo, Robert Hendren Waldo, Susan Waldo O'Hara, Julia Ann Waldo Campbell and Harry Creekmur Waldo.

This article was posted on: September 28, 2010

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