Former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil to speak at Lakeside Chautauqua

Former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil to speak at Lakeside Chautauqua

Melvyn Levitsky, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, will speak as part of Lakeside’s Chautauqua Lecture Series’ theme on South America. 

Levitsky will give two lectures on Thursday, July 17. The 10:30 a.m. lecture is titled, “Brazil: Still the Country of the Future? And will it always be so?” and the 1:30 p.m. lecture is titled, “Illegal Drugs in the Western Hemisphere: From Field to Street.” Both lectures will be held in Lakeside Chautauqua’s Orchestra Hall.

A senior diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, Levitsky retired in 1998 after 35 years of service.

In his career, he served as Ambassador to Brazil (1994-1998) and to Bulgaria, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Director of the Voice of America and Deputy Associate Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Director of the State Department’s Office of UN Political Affairs and Officer-in-Charge of U.S.-Soviet Bilateral Relations.

In 2003, Levitsky was elected by a vote of the UN Economic and Social Council to the International Narcotics Control Board and was reelected for a second term in 2007.

He is a member of the American Foreign Service Association, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Board of Directors of the Drug Free America Foundation and the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global Drug Policy. 

Levitsky is currently a Professor of International Policy and Practice and Senior Fellow of the International Policy Center at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

In addition to his role as professor at the University of Michigan, Levitsky is a faculty associate of the university’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and of the Center for European Studies, as well as a member of the Faculty Steering Committee of the university’s Weiser Center on Emerging Democracies.

Levitsky is a Lifetime Distinguished Fellow of Syracuse University Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.

The week-long theme focusing on South America will also include lectures by Kristina Mani, PhD, associate professor in the Politics Department at Oberlin College; Brad Jokisch, PhD, associate professor of geography at Ohio University; and Claire Solomon, PhD, assistant professor of Hispanic studies at Oberlin College.

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