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Metro State Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership Hosts Israeli Ambassador to the US


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: November 7, 2011



(Denver, Colo.) — The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership at Metropolitan State College of Denver welcomes Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The ambassador’s private presentation to Auraria Campus students, faculty and staff at 11 a.m. at St. Cajetan’s representing his second visit to Denver. 

“The ambassador's visit could not have come at a better time, as recent global economic and political events further emphasize the need for international cooperation and leadership,” says Norman Provizer, professor of political science and director of the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership. 

Ambassador Oren will address an op-ed he wrote, "The Ultimate Ally: The “realists?” are wrong, America needs Israel now more than ever," which appeared in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy. In the piece he highlights the continued allegiance between the two countries in a variety of military and non-military endeavors. Oren argues that now is the time for strengthening the alliance between the U.S. and Israel. 

A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Ambassador Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University and a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. Oren has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale and Georgetown universities.

The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, operated by Metro State’s Political Science Department, is housed in the only known U.S. residence of Golda Meir on what is now the Auraria Campus.

Metro State President Stephen Jordan will welcome the ambassador and thank him for his interest in supporting and enhancing the legacy of the Golda Meir Center, while further educating our community regarding world affairs. A question-and-answer session will follow the ambassador’s remarks. Although this isn’t a ticketed event, entry is on a first-come, first-served basis and a campus ID will be required for entry through security. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to the campus population, but media can gain advanced entry at 10 a.m. by RSVP to Matt Brinton at 303-556-2595 or mbrinton@mscd.edu.

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About the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership
The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, operated by the Political Science Department at Metropolitan State College of Denver, is housed in the only known U.S. residence of Golda Meir on what is now the Auraria Campus. The center is a nonpartisan educational project whose purpose is to expand public understanding of the important role of leadership at all levels of political and civic life, from community affairs to transnational relations. As a woman from a poor family who was twice an immigrant to new lands, Golda Meir reminds us that the potential for leadership knows no class, ethnic, gender, religious, racial, age or geographical boundaries. Leadership can emerge from the most unlikely places.

About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.