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Thursday, April 25, 2013
2:30 - 3:30 pm
DePree Art Center
This event, open to all students, alumni, faculty and staff.
J. Scott Carpenter ‘87 has the distinction of serving as deputy director with Google Ideas, where he works to explore how technology might enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability and repression. His time there follows more than 25 years of service with an international focus in both the U.S. and abroad.
He has seen much of the world, visiting more than 90 countries. He has also witnessed many key moments in recent history. He taught in China on the eve of Tiananmen Square; took the Trans-Siberian railroad in the waning days of the Soviet Union; taught in Hungary with his wife, Susan, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall; witnessed the 1994 Republican take-over of the House of Representatives and worked closely with the so-called Gang of Seven; supervised the first-ever presidential primary in the world outside the U.S.; helped the Serbian opposition oust then-President Slobodan Milosevic; participated in 11 international election observations, including the 2009 elections in Afghanistan; was one of the first civilians to land in Baghdad after the fall of the city, and was one of just two American civilians to interview Saddam Hussein on the day he was captured in December 2003.
We invite you to connect with Scott while he is on campus to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award as part of Alumni Weekend. A full schedule of Alumni Weekend events is available at hope.edu/alumniweekend. To learn more about alumni awards, please visit hope.edu/alumni/awards.