The terrorist attacks of September 11 forever changed our nation. While many of our Upper School students were too young to vividly remember those horrific events, Robert W. Jordan was at the center of it while serving as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2002 to 2003. Jordan shared his memories and insights during the Academy of Global Studies (AGS) Speaker Series at Parish Episcopal School on November 2. The speech titled “The Importance of Diplomacy to Democracy” also addressed the new challenges American foreign policy faced after 9/11 and offered ideas for making American foreign policy strategy more agile in the Middle East.
“Through the many questions our students asked, they made apparent the high level of their interest,” said Frederick Hotz, Ph.D., Director of Academy of Global Studies. “It was obvious that former Ambassador Jordan’s speech, and the questions it stimulated, furthered our AGS students’ global awareness and increased their understanding of the crucial role played by diplomacy to good democratic governance.”
AGS is a signature Parish program that gives students the opportunity to direct their passion for global issues into generating meaningful solutions for challenges facing the world. It prepares students to be international leaders in a complex global society.
“When we set forward the AGS curriculum it was a major goal to complement the academic side with the practical,” noted Hotz. “Because AGS intends to shape students with global leadership values and perspectives, we sponsor and promote extra-curricular events that bring international diplomats, journalists, academics and global activists to the attention of our students that adds richness and depth to their academic studies of global issues.”
Ambassador Jordan’s visit to Parish was the first AGS Speaker Series event of the 2017-2018 school year. AGS works with local partners, including the DFW World Affairs Council, to bring speaker events to Parish.