McGill Lecture Brings Chinese Ambassador to the U.N. to Trinity

Ambassador Liu Jieyi to deliver the annual McGill Lecture, Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Connecticut and United Technologies Corporation

What: His Excellency Liu Jieyi, the Ambassador of China to the United Nations, will deliver the annual McGill Lecture in International Studies on “China and the United Nations.” The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception, to be held in the Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall, will immediately follow.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi

When: Wednesday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Room, Mather Hall, on the Trinity College campus, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, Connecticut

Background: His Excellency Liu Jieyi, the Ambassador of China to the United Nations, is one of China’s top experts on United Nations issues, arms control, and U.S.-China relations. Ambassador Liu graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and joined China’s Foreign Service in 1987. He has served as the director-general of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, and the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was previously the assistant minister and vice minister of foreign affairs, as well as vice minister of the Ministry of International Liaison. He has twice served as the president of the United Nations Security Council.

The McGill International Studies Fund was established in 1996 with a gift from Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63. The gift helped secure a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fund supports the appointment of visiting humanities scholars, primarily international scholars, in the academic areas of international studies that include African studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Middle Eastern studies, global studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies.

Charles H. McGill III ’63 is a nationally recognized expert in mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate strategic planning and restructuring, with significant experience in consumer products, restaurant and food service, and information services. McGill is the founding partner of Sagamore Partners, an acquisitions adviser. Previously, he was a senior executive of Fortune Brands, Dun & Bradstreet, and the Pillsbury Company. McGill is a former member of the Trinity College Board of Trustees and its Board of Fellows. He received the College’s Alumni Medal for Excellence in 1993. The McGills are the parents of a 1994 Trinity graduate.

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