Monday, August 6, 2007

U.S. Diplomatic History lecture

Dr. Marie Hallion, Course Chair of the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland University College, was our guest lecturer today. Dr. Hallion's areas of specialization include homeland security, terrorism, organization theory and globalization. In addition to her work for UMUC, Dr. Hallion has worked for the U. S. government in various capacities for the White House and the Department of Energy. She spoke to us about the history of United States diplomacy, from the Colonial period until the present. She created a beautiful powerpoint presentation with many pictures to help the students understand the topic, and she gave each student a packet with a copy of the powerpoint to take home. In addition, she included some other information and two gifts for each participant: a souvenir clothing patch and a Mount Vernon First Day Issue of a stamped postcard! Philatelists (people who collect stamps) collect first day issues, and in a few years, this one could be worth quite a lot of money--so keep it safe!

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