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William B. Quandt, Expert On International Affairs And University Professor, To Speak At U.Va.’s Fall Convocation

October 15, 2003 -- William B. Quandt, an international affairs expert on the Middle East and professor of politics at the University of Virginia, will deliver the University’s annual Fall Convocation address on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in University Hall.

Quandt, a former member of the National Security Council under President Carter who was actively involved in negotiations that led to the Camp David Accords, joined the University’s faculty in 1994. He is the Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Professor of Politics and was named to the then-new position of vice provost for international affairs in 2000. In December, he will relinquish that position to return to full-time teaching.

As vice provost, Quandt has been developing University programs overseas as well as evaluating existing semester-abroad programs to ensure their intellectual rigor. He also has been working to focus more institutional support on interdisciplinary international research, including a collaboration between U.Va.’s Department of Environmental Sciences and universities and research institutions in South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique. As a result of these initiatives, undergraduate and graduate students have gone to southern Africa to participate in research projects.

Before coming to Virginia, Quandt was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he conducted research on the Middle East, American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, and energy policy. In 1979, Quandt served as staff member on the National Security Council. He was actively involved in the negotiations that led to the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. Quandt was also an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books and articles about the Middle East, and also edited “The Middle East: Ten Years After Camp David,” published by Brookings in 1988.

Born in 1941 in Los Angeles, Quandt received his B.A. degree in international relations from Stanford in 1963, and his Ph.D. in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968.


Fall Convocation, which officially opens Family Weekend, honors undergraduate students for their academic excellence. Intermediate Honors will be presented to the top 20 percent of students who earned at least 60 credits of course work at U.Va. during their first two years. Following the event, U.Va. President John T. Casteen III will host a reception for students and their families at University Hall’s North Entrance Terrace. The rain site is The Cage.

The Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University community who exemplifies in character and achievements the ideals of U.Va.’s founder, also will be presented.

Convocation parking is unavailable at University Hall due to construction on the Ivy/Emmet parking garage and the John Paul Jones Arena. Parking is available at the Baseball Stadium parking lot, Scott Stadium East Lots, or at the Emmet Street Parking Garage. Blue, Green or Central Grounds Shuttle buses will be available to transport attendees to the ceremony. For more parking information visit the Web site: Additional Fall Convocation information is available at


At 4:30 p.m., U.Va. professor and former astronaut Kathryn Thornton will address the Class of 2005 during the annual ring ceremony, formalizing the custom of wearing the class ring during the third year.

Family Weekend also includes the University forum – remarks by Casteen followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum will take place Nov. 1 in Old Cabell Hall from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information about Family Weekend activities, visit the Web site at

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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