The Edmond Sun

October 28, 2013

Former U.S. ambassador, Iran hostage to speak at UCO

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will host a presentation and question-and-answer session with former U.S. ambassador and Iran hostage John W. Limbert from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Ballroom C of the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus. Limbert was one of 52 American hostages held for 444 days beginning in November 1979 in Tehran, Iran, during the country’s Islamic Revolution.

Limbert’s “Iran and America: Endless Enemies?” presentation will examine both the history and future of U.S.-Iran relations.

“As world events and conversations continue to center on the Middle East, it is imperative that we engage with the academic and diplomatic communities that have firsthand knowledge of the complex issues and realities of the region,“ said Jarrett Jobe, executive director of UCO’s Leadership Central.

“Dr. Limbert possesses both academic and practical knowledge of the region. His visit will provide an opportunity for our university community to hear his insights and thoughts on American-Iranian relations for the future,” Jobe added.

Now a professor of history and political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, Limbert’s 34-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service began in 1973 and included posts in Algeria, Djibouti, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

Limbert served in a variety of roles, including as Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the U.S. State Department, president of the American Foreign Service Association, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Before joining the Foreign Service, Limbert taught in Iran, both as a Peace Corps volunteer and as an English instructor at Shiraz University.           

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability, call 974-2311.