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Former Greece Prime Minister Kicks Off RMU Pittsburgh Speakers Series

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pittsburgh -- Former Greece Prime Minister George Papandreou will kick off the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Speakers Series presented by Robert Morris University on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with talks at RMU's campus in Moon Township and at Heinz Hall in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District.

Papandreou will give a short talk and Q & A at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in the International Suite of the Sewall Center at RMU's main campus. That event is free and open to the entire RMU campus community. The talk at Heinz Hall, at 8 p.m., is for subscribers of the Pittsburgh Speakers Series.

As prime minister of Greece from October 2009 to November 2011, Papandreou has been at the forefront of the global financial crisis. Named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2010 for “making the best of Greece’s worst year,” he speaks with authority on the state of the Eurozone today and the future of the European Union. In these tumultuous times, few are better placed than Prime Minister Papandreou to provide insights into the fiscal crisis and to look ahead to where we are going.

Papandreou held the portfolio of foreign minister from 1999 to 2004, expanding his legacy as a leader in diplomatic bridge-building and reiterating his commitments to stronger international relations. His administration spearheaded an initiative to integrate the Western Balkan states into Europe by 2014. As foreign minister, he was instrumental in the successful negotiation of rapprochement with Turkey, which had been an old rival. Papandreou was also a key player in the negotiations that led to Turkey’s candidacy for membership in the European Union in 1999 and Cyprus’s entry into the EU in 2004.

He is vice chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation, an institution he promoted when the city of Athens was awarded the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. An active supporter of the information society and e-democracy, Papandreou was honored in 2003 as one of the “25 People Who Are Changing the World of Internet Politics.” Around the world, Papandreou has deployed ‘green diplomacy,’ calling for the protection of the environment. He has championed human rights at home and abroad, and has actively sought to maximize citizen participation in governance through information technologies.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.