Foreign Service lecture

Are you interested in Foreign Service? An Asian Studies minor prepares you to Do More in many fields, including Foreign Service. Friday, October 7, David Newell, a UA alum, will discuss his experiences in the foreign service and career opportunities for students with a variety of international interests, including Asian Studies. He will talk about his foreign service career in a lecture “Lessons Learned from A Life Abroad,” Friday, October 7, at 11 a.m. in 205 Gorgas.  He will also answer student questions afterwards.  In addition to talking about his personal career experiences at international posts, he will discuss how citizens of other nations view America and Americans. A smaller gathering of students and informal conversation with David will take place at 10 a.m. in the Common Room of Oliver-Barnard Hall. Students unable to attend the 11 a.m. campus lecture are invited to join Mr. Newell at this hour.


David Newell received his undergraduate degree in political science and his law degree from UA.  After practicing law in Mobile for a few years, he was accepted into the U.S. Foreign Service and has lived or spent extended time in more than 90 countries during his career.  He is now Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute with oversight responsibility for 11 divisions, including political, economic, consular, public diplomacy and management tradecraft training, as well as specialized training for employees assigned to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.