Diplomatic Encounters

The Diplomatic Encounters series brings to the University of Chicago campus representatives of various diplomatic missions for short presentations followed by an opportunity for open dialogue. In its original conception, it connected students, faculty, staff, and the general public to Middle Eastern diplomats based in Chicago and the Midwest region.

On November 19, 2015, the University of Chicago and the Consular Corps in Chicago (CCC) held a reception at Saieh Hall, as part of the activities to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the University. In addition to strengthening the relationships between the University of Chicago and the Consular Corps, the reception, which was planned to become an annual event, served as an opportunity to highlight select global activities, as well as to announce next steps in the ongoing relationship. As part of those next steps, it was announced that UChicago, led by the Institute of Politics, International House, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and other area studies centers would be joining forces with the Chicago Consular Corps to expand the Diplomatic Encounters Series to better connect the UChicago community with representatives of diplomatic missions from Chicago, across the nation, and around the world.

The series, founded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in partnership with International House in 2011, aims to provide a venue to hear from leading diplomats, engage them in open dialogue, and come to a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing countries around the world.  In that effort, each year the University of Chicago and the Chicago Consular Corps work together to develop programs throughout the academic year featuring key diplomatic figures (e.g. consul general, ambassador, and minister).