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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu

FAU Presents Thomas Bagger to Lecture on ‘Dealing with a Strategic Partner in the Muslim World’

Deputy Head of German Embassy, Washington, D.C. Highlights
International Education Week

           BOCA RATON, FL (November 9, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Office of International Programs will host “Europe, the United States, and Turkey: Dealing with a Strategic Partner in the Muslim World,” a lecture and discussion with Thomas Bagger, deputy head of the political section, German Embassy, Washington, D.C.   The event, held in correlation with International Education Week, will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room, FAU Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

            Bagger’s topics of discussion include how Turkey would affect the institution and internal balances of the European Union, what Turkey will contribute on a global level to our security or insecurity, how Turkey views its European future, and how Europeans look at Turkey.

            Bagger previously served for several German missions in Ankara, Turkey from 2002 to 2006 and in Prague, Czech Republic from 1996 to 1998. From 1998 to 2002, he held the position of speechwriter for then-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Bagger joined the diplomatic service in 1992 after two years as a research associate at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German’s premier international affairs think tank.   He holds a doctorate in political science from Munich University and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Maryland at College Park, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar in 1989.

            International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the country’s efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

            The event, also sponsored by the Boca Raton Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, is free and open to the public.

            For more information, contact Catherine Meschievitz, director of the Office of International Programs, at 561-297-1039 or cmeschie@fau.edu.

-FAU-

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