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PR # 27 September 8, 2008


On the eve of the nation?s presidential elections, when US foreign policy will take on additional importance, Daniel C. Kurtzer, a former U.S. Ambassador to both Egypt and Israel, will speak Monday, October 6, at 7 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College, North Branch. Kurtzer is also a Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Kurtzer, co-author (with Scott Lasensky) of the recently published Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East . (USIP Press), will speak on ?Middle East Peace: Desirable, Possible, Imperative.? The lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Humanities, Social Science and Education Department. It is part of a new College series, ?America?s Challenges in the Middle East.?

Daniel C. Kurtzer holds the S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University?s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Kurtzer retired from the United States Foreign Service at the end of 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister in the Senior Foreign Service.

During his 29 years of public service, Kurtzer held a number of senior policy and diplomatic positions, including serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and as the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001); speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz and a member of the Secretary?s Policy Planning Staff; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.

Kurtzer is the author of numerous articles on United States policy in the Middle East and served on the Iraq Study Group?s expert subcommittee. He serves on the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association?s Middle East-North Africa Rule of Law Initiative and chairs Governor Jon Corzine?s New Jersey-Israel Commission. He also serves on a number of business and public service boards.

Ambassador Kurtzer received a B.A. from Yeshiva University and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Yeshiva University in 2006. Kurtzer also received distinguished service awards from the President, the Secretary of State and the United States Intelligence Community.

RVCC?s ?America?s Challenges in the Middle East? series will continue Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m., when Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen and Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, will speak on ?Diplomacy and Stability in the Persian Gulf Post-Iraq.?

For additional information, contact Professor Mimi McCarthy Dumville, 908-526-1200, ext. 8302 or mdumvill@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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