Ukraine’s U.N. Diplomat Discusses Ukrainian-Russian Conflict

Oct 28, 2014

Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations and Ambassador Extraordinary, will discuss “The Ukrainian-Russian Conflict and Global Security” at the Honorable T. Linus Hoban Memorial Forum at The University of Scranton. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on campus. The University partners with the Lackawanna Bar Association to present the forum. The public is invited to attend the lecture free of charge.

From left, representing The University of Scranton are Julie Schumacher Cohen, director of community and government relations; Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; and Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president; representing the Lackawanna Bar Association are Malcolm L. MacGregor, Esq., president; Frank J. McDonnell, Esq., 2014 T. Linus Hoban Memorial Forum committee co-chair; Lee Ann Munley, executive director. For additional information about the Hoban Forum, contact the University at 570-941-7401 or the Lackawanna Bar Association at 570-969-9161.

About the speaker:

Ambassador Sergeyev has served Ukraine in various diplomatic and governmental posts during his 33-year career. From 2003 to 2007, he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In 2003, Ambassador Sergeyev was awarded The State Order of Ukraine “For Merit” and an Honorary Decree of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for which he served as: secretary of state (2001-2003), deputy minister (2001), director of the Directorate for Information (1994-1997), director of the Secretariat (1994), and director of the Press Service (1992-1993).

Ambassador Sergeyev also served his country as director-general, Directorate General for Foreign Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine (2000-2001), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Greece and Albania (1997-2000) and minister counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom (1997). He received a Ph.D. from Taris Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine in 1981.

About the Honorable T. Linus Hoban Memorial Forum at The University of Scranton.

The Hoban Forum is named for the Honorable T. Linus Hoban, the prominent Scranton jurist, military officer and civic leader who died in 1974. The forum was established through the generosity of the late Genevieve Kelly O'Brien Hoban in memory of her husband. 

Since its inception in 1978, the Hoban Forum has hosted prominent world figures including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist; Hans Blix, Ph.D., former chairman of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction; Alexander M. Haig Jr., former U.S. Secretary of State and supreme allied commander of NATO; Helmut Schmidt, former chancellor of West Germany; Edward Heath, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; the late Yitzak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel; and Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, and her husband James Rubin, President Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for public affairs. The most recent Hoban Forum, held in 2012, featured CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen, one of the few Westerners to interview Osama bin Laden.

Since 1986, the Lackawanna Bar Association and The University of Scranton have served as co-sponsors of the event.

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