Friday, April 10, 2009

Visiting Professor to Discuss Role of Europe

PR people whose clients or organizations have anything to do with Europe may want to come to a free public lecture April 14 at 4 p.m. in Room 2215 of the Kirkhof Center on Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus. 

Thomas Hoerber is from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers (ESSCA) in Angers, France. He will be at Grand Valley April 13-17 to give  talks in political science, business and communications classes.

His public lecture on the 14th will focus on "The Role of Europe in the World." This is especially timely given President Obama's recent trip to the G20 summit and subsequent discussion about US vs European leadership in world affairs. This changing diplomatic climate may also affect international PR done by businesses, governments and NGOs.

I've had the opportunity to teach at ESSCA, a partner school of GVSU, several times (you can see some of my photos of France on my Facebook page--see link at right). Dr. Hoerber's visit here is part of a faculty exchange. I enjoyed meeting him last fall when I weas in France. A German by birth who did his doctoral thesis at Oxford on the historic origins of the EU, Hoerber taught in Vancouver, Canada before moving to France. He has a deep and interesting perspective on EU relationships. I hope you can find time away from work--or students, class--to come hear him.

For more information, call the Padnos International Center at (616) 331-3898.

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