75th Anniversary Celebration of the Hostler Institute

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(Photo courtesy of Frank Villalpando)

The College of Arts and Letters in collaboration with the Provost’s Distinguished Lecture initiative hosted the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Hostler Institute on Feb. 24 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Fowler Family Ballroom. Dedicated to bringing the world to San Diego since 1942, the institute features forums on compelling global issues and regions. This year’s celebration continued the tradition with the following guests:

  • Nicholas Burns, guest speaker, professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, former U.S. ambassador to Greece

  • John Bass and Holly Holzer Bass, guest speaker, U.S. ambassador to Turkey, former ambassador to Georgia

  • George Bergstrom, former professor at SDSU’s Department of Political Science

  • Mary Eisenhower, guest speaker, president and CEO of People to People International

  • Chinyeh Hostler, wife of Charles W. Hostler

  • Farid Abdel-Nour, honorary director of the Hostler Institute, core faculty member of SDSU’s Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies

In the words of Provost Chukuka S. Enwemeka, “It is remarkable to see that an institute, started by SDSU’s history professor Abraham Nasatir at a time that the world was tottering with the aftermaths of the second world war, 75 years ago, remains steadfast in its commitment to world peace and international understanding. Today’s lecture could not have come at a more auspicious time.”

Formerly known as the Institute on World Affairs, the institute was renamed in 2004 as the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs in honor of former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain Charles W. Hostler. The late ambassador was a war hero, scholar, businessman, diplomat, humanitarian and philanthropist who used his international connections to build the institute’s network of global leaders. The SDSU community remembers him for his achievements and support for education, civic, and peace building efforts carried out worldwide.

“Throughout the years, the Institute that bears Ambassador Hostler’s name has played a crucial role in the educational mission of San Diego State University and of the greater San Diego region, making available to the academic and larger community authoritative interpretations of international affairs and establishing a remarkable legacy for the enrichment of generations to come,” said Norma Bouchard, dean of the College of Arts & Letters.

The event was free and open to the public. It exceeded the Fowler Family Ballroom’s maximum capacity of 360 and made a livestream available in the Fowler Athletics Center auditorium.

For more information, visit the Hostler Institute website. – Jayla Lee


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