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SCRANTON: The University of Scranton has established The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library. The inaugural lecture in the series, titled “Kazakhstan & Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics & Economy,” is slated for 5:30 p.m. on April 2. The panel discussion, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be presented in the Scranton Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

The mission of the lecture series is to invite international scholars and professionals from economically challenged or politically suppressed nations to address issues that will enrich the intellectual life of the University community and the residents of our region.

The inaugural lecture features the series namesake, Jay Nathan, Ph.D., professor of management at St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. Dr. Nathan was a Fulbright Scholar to Kazakhstan and a visiting professor and Ph.D. adviser to the Eurasian National University in Astana. He is an honorable professor of the Karaganda University of Economics in Kazakhstan. Previously, Dr. Nathan was a professor at the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton. He is also the author of “Kazakhstan’s New Economy: Post-Soviet, Central Asian Industries in a Global Era.”

Joining Dr. Nathan on the panel will be Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the U.S.; William Courtney, senior principal for policy strategy at Computer Sciences Corporation; and Nancy Neill, facilitator of management discussions of vision, values and strategy and founder of the Atlanta Communications Group.

Umarov served as the deputy foreign minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and as deputy director of the European States Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2004-2009.

Courtney, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, advised on the reorganization of foreign affairs agencies; served as special assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia; and was U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Neill is the co-author of the book “Real Collaboration: What it Takes for Global Health to Succeed,” and the author of “More than Bricks and Mortar.” She serves on the board of the Fulbright Association and is past president of the Georgia Chapter.

Reservations are requested. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 570-941-7816.

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