Type: Public event

U.S. race relations and foreign policy

Donia Human Rights Center Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture


Ambassador (ret.) Susan D. Page, Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Professor from Practice, University of Michigan Law School

Date & time

Jan 27, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stated in 1998 that one of her “most important jobs is to call attention to the dangers that still confront us and to the direct connection that exists between the success or failure of our foreign policy and the day-to-day lives of the American people.” In this talk, Ambassador Page will explore the presence and impact of race relations on U.S. foreign policy and U.S. actions at home. She will speak to these issues through the lens of the diplomatic profession, including through the unique challenges and experiences she faced as a Black woman, and first U.S. ambassador to the world’s newest independent nation, the Republic of South Sudan, serving under the first Bi-racial American President of the U.S.

This event is hosted by the Donia Human Rights Center and co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center, and University of Michigan Law School.

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