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UPDATED – Dean Rusk Programs Spring 2023

by | Mar 13, 2023

The Dean Rusk Program has been bringing great speakers to Davidson for decades. Former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance spoke at the unveiling of the Dean Rusk portrait. (Jane Campbell archive photo.)


The following is an updated list of events hosted by the Davidson College Dean Rusk International Studies Program for Davidson area residents in the next month or so.

CANCELLED – Ideas Matter: Maximizing Personal and Organizational Impact for the Public Good


Visual Arts Center VAC-117 – Semans Lecture Hall

This event has been cancelled. Stephen (Steve) Salyer, Davidson ‘72, has founded and led organizations and enterprises at the cutting edge of non-profit entrepreneurship. While resident at the Davidson Rusk Center March 13-16, he will discuss “maximizing personal and organizational impact for the public good”. While still a student, he launched the Ohio Governor’s School and other public service internship programs and served, by appointment of the President (the youngest person ever confirmed by the US Senate) on the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. After President Nixon rejected the Commission’s recommendations he managed for two years a Citizen’s Committee to lobby Congress to fund sex education, contraceptive and abortion services. As a Watson Fellow in Africa, he led the drafting of the keynote address for the first World Population Conference in Bucharest, Rumania which set a new course for public and private population and development programs. Over 25 years in public television and radio he launched a fleet of news and education series ranging from Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends to Marketplace, The World, and This American Life. In 2005, he was appointed President & CEO of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a think tank and leadership development center located in Salzburg Austria and Washington, D.C. The ranks of Salzburg Fellows and Alumni include Stacey Abrams, Anthony Blinken, Paul Volcker, some 20 Davidson Faculty and thousands rising leaders from more than 170 countries. Mr. Salyer is the recipient of numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Davidson College and the highest honor awarded by Salzburg Global Seminar – The Salzburg Cup. After retiring as Salzburg President in 2022, he formed Salyer Associates, a consultancy advising non-profit leaders and boards on matters of program development, governance, and sustainability.  He is a Senior Fellow at Salzburg Global and the founding member of its Cutler Center for the Rule of Law.  He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Susan Moeller, a professor of journalism and public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Promoting Democracy and Rule of Law in the Balkans


Visual Arts Center VAC-117 – Semans Lecture Hall

A senior diplomat with 30+ years of experience advocating US policy, in 2018 Greg Delawie retired from the Foreign Service as Ambassador to Kosovo.  As DCM (chief operating officer) at the embassy in Berlin, he led a team that rebuilt US-German relations.  As DCM in Zagreb, he worked to promote military, political, and economic reforms necessary for Croatia’s membership in NATO.  In Washington, Delawie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the State Department’s Arms Control Bureau, where he led talks with 28 NATO states on European conventional arms control.  As DAS in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau, he was US government counter-piracy chair, leading a group of 30 nations that helped deter piracy off the coast of Somalia.  Since retiring from the Foreign Service, Delawie has taught diplomacy at George Mason University, consulted for the State Department, and promoted democratic change in Virginia.


Bank of America Lecture: Lessons from the Edge – A Conversation with Former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

Dean Rusk International Studies Program welcomes Former U.S. Ambassadors Marie Yovanovitch and Eric Rubin.

Marie Yovanovitch served three times as U.S. Ambassador, most recently in Kyiv as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Previously, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008) and the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011). She retired from the Foreign Service in 2020 and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-Resident Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

Ambassador Yovanovitch earned the Senior Foreign Service Performance Award eight times and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on nine occasions. She is the recipient of two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award. Following her retirement, Ambassador Yovanovitch received the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy from Georgetown University, the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Award from Indiana University, the 2020 PEN/Benenson Courage Award from Pen/America, the Morgenthau Award from the Armenian Assembly of America, the American Spirit Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Common Good, and the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government.

In early 2022, Marie Yovanovitch’s memoir, Lessons From The Edge, was an instant New York Times bestseller. The late Madeleine Albright called the book “A brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.”

Eric Rubin was elected to serve as the President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) after his recent posting as U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (2016-2019).

Joining the Foreign Service in 1985 after graduating from Yale, he started as a political and human rights officer in Honduras (1985-1988). In 1989 he was assigned to the State Department’s Operations Center. From 1989 to 1991 he worked in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs where he monitored and reported on the collapse of the Soviet Union. Next, he served as the security affairs officer for Central and Eastern Europe.

He left Washington in 1994 for Kiev, Ukraine as Deputy Political Counselor. While there he was a recipient of AFSA’s William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent by Mid-Level Officers for his work on the Bosnia crisis.

In 1996 he returned to Washington to work for the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. From 1997-1998, he served as an Assistant White House Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs and in 1998 he was the special assistant to Ambassador Thomas Pickering—then the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. For 1999-2000 Ambassador Rubin was a Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University where he enjoyed teaching about diplomacy.

In 2001 he was posted to Chiang Mai, Thailand as Consul General. In 2004 he returned to Washington as the director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In 2006 he served as the executive assistant to R. Nicholas Burns—the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the time. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow. From 2011 to 2015 he served as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

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