B. Quandt, Expert On International Affairs And University Professor,
To Speak At U.Va.’s Fall Convocation
October 15, 2003 --
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Convocation, which officially opens Family Weekend, honors undergraduate
students for their academic excellence.
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.
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.
Thomas Jefferson Award, given annually to a member of the University
community who exemplifies in character and achievements
of U.Va.’s founder,
also will be presented.
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
be available to transport attendees to the ceremony. For more
parking information visit the
Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/convocationfaqs.html#parking. Additional Fall Convocation information is available at http://www.virginia.edu/majorevents/convocation.html
FAMILY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
4:30 p.m., U.Va. professor and former astronaut Kathryn Thornton
will address the Class
of 2005 during the annual ring
formalizing the custom of
wearing the class ring during the third year.
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.
more information about Family Weekend activities, visit the Web
site at http://www.virginia.edu/familyweekend/sched_2003.html
Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629