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UT alumna, foreign policy analyst to speak on campus Feb. 8

University of Toledo alumna and foreign policy analyst Shamila Chaudhary will return to campus to deliver a lecture titled “The Meaning of America, at Home and Abroad” 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in Doermann Theatre.

The free, public event marks the second of the 2017-18 Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture series.

Shamila Chaudhary

Chaudhary, a foreign policy analyst and photographer based in Washington, D.C., will discuss the U.S. role in the world and its connection to the social and economic landscapes of life within the United States. She will address the many transformations underway in American identity and culture as they relate to politics, the humanities, law and international affairs.

“Shamila Chaudhary is a former Obama White House and State Department official and a frequent commentator on CNN and BBC. She is also an author and her article in The Atlantic magazine describing a multifaith Middle Eastern refugee community in Toledo is a wonderful read,” said Dr. Heidi Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. “Altogether, she represents the amazing career possible with an honors degree in the humanities from The University of Toledo, and I’m excited for our students to meet her.”

Chaudhary is senior adviser to Dean Vali Nasr of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies. She also has a blog titled “All Things Foreign,” where she shares comments and essays on foreign policy and current events.

Chaudhary received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and women’s studies from The University of Toledo in 1999.

Tickets are free by visiting

For questions and tickets for groups larger than 10, contact the Jesup Scott Honors College at  or 419.530.6030.


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