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John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series

 2016 Lecture featuring Ambassador Robert "Skipp" M. Orr

   Dr. Allida M. Black and Mrs. O'Sullivan



The 2016 John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture will feature Robert "Skipp" Orr, former U.S. Executive Director with rank of Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the FAU University Theatre on the Boca Raton Campus. 

 Skipp Orr graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in history.  He subsequently earned a master's degree in government from Georgetown University, and his doctorate in political science from Tokyo University. 

Dr. Orr's career began in 1976 when he served for two years as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Paul G. Rogers (D-FL) a 12 term member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Between 1978 and 1981 he served on the House Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee staff seconded from the Select Committee on Narcotics.  In 1981 he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator of Asia in the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Orr was appointed President of Boeing Japan in 2002 and prior to joining Boeing, Ambassador Orr was Vice President and Director of European Affairs for Motorola based in Brussels. And before that he held various senior level posts with Motorola  in Japan culminating as Vice President of Government Relations.  In that capacity he successfully led the negotiations that opened up the cellular phone market in Japan.  

In addition to the corporate world, the Ambassador has also spent many years in academia and the United States Government.  Between 1985 and 1993 he was a professor of Political Science at Temple University in Japan with two years off to run the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation at the Stanford Japan Center in Kyoto.  His book The Emergence of Japan's Foreign Aid Power published by Columbia University Press won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.

Orr will discuss his evolution from Congressional staffer to ambassador and the effect this had in formulation American's foreign policy in Asia.

For tickets, directions and other information, call 1.800.564.9539 or visit  www.fauevents.com

Depending on availability, tickets may also be obtained at the University Theatre one hour prior to the lecture

Admission - $20

Groups of 20 or more - $15

Faculty, Staff and Alumni - $10

FAU students with current student ID - $5

For group tickets, call 561.297.6124.

Free parking is available in Parking Garage II and Lots 1, 25 and 27

The mission of the John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty, and public guests the opportunity to hear a lecture by a  distinguished  historian who has published in a field of twentieth-century U.S. History relevant to Dr. O’Sullivan’s own interest and specialities.  Over the years the lectureship has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the nuclear age, the holocaust, modern American culture, and post-1945 political and diplomatic history.  Dr. O’Sullivan was a longtime faculty member and former chair of FAU’s History Department before his death in 2000.






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