ITHACA, N.Y. --Donald P. Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea (1989-93) during the George H.W. Bush administration and chairman of the Korea Society, will deliver the 2004 Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship Lecture at Cornell University.
Gregg's lecture, titled "Is North Korea the Last Outpost of the Axis of Evil?" will be Monday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in Uris Hall Auditorium on campus. Cornell President Jeffrey Lehman will provide an introduction and moderate a question and answer session at the close of Gregg's talk. The lecture is free and open to the public; tickets are available on campus at the ticket office in Willard Straight Hall, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at 170 Uris Hall and at the door. Immediately following the lecture, the Einaudi Center will host a reception in the Terrace Lounge at the Stater Hotel, adjacent to Uris Hall.
Gregg has a long and distinguished background in Asian policy affairs that spans more than 50 years. Currently the chairman of the board of the New York City-based Korea Society, a non-partisan group that promotes understanding between the United States and Korea, he recently visited North Korea twice as a private citizen, met with government officials there, and gave advice directly to the White House. He also keeps in touch with officials, business people and scholars in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.
Gregg entered public service in 1951. Following his graduation from Williams College, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and, over the next quarter century, was assigned to Japan, Burma, Vietnam and Korea. He was decorated by the Korean government in 1975. In 1979, Gregg was seconded to the National Security Council staff, where he was in charge of intelligence activities and Asian policy affairs.
In 1982, Gregg was asked by then Vice President Bush to become his national security adviser. He retired from the CIA, receiving its highest decoration, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, and served as national security adviser for six years. During his six years with Vice President Bush, Gregg traveled to 65 countries, including Korea.
Between 1980 and 1989, Gregg also served as a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University, where he taught a graduate level workshop entitled "Force and Diplomacy" to students in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program.
In September 1989, Gregg was appointed ambassador to Korea by then-President Bush and served in that position for the next three-and-a-half years. Prior to his departure from Korea in 1993, he received the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, an honorary degree from Sogang University, and a decoration from the Prime Minister of Korea. In March 1993, Gregg retired from a 43-year career in the United States government and assumed his current position with the Korea Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Recent awards he has received include an honorary degree from Green Mountain College (1996), the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2001) and Williams College's Kellogg Award for career achievement (2001).
The Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels World Affairs Fellowship was established at Cornell by the Bartels in 1984 to foster a broadened world perspective among students by bringing distinguished international public figures to campus. Each Bartels fellow spends two or three days at Cornell engaged in close interaction with students and faculty. In addition to delivering a major public lecture for the university and local community, the Bartels fellow participates in a number of seminars and informal discussions.
Henry and Nancy Horton Bartels are both members of the Cornell Class of 1948 and are longtime benefactors of the university. In addition to the Bartels World Affairs Fellowship, the Bartels family generously supports a broad range of Cornell programs that directly benefit undergraduates, including scholarships and endowed funds for the dean of engineering, the vice president for student and academic services, and the director of athletics and physical education. Their love of athletics and physical fitness inspired them to make a major gift to Cornell athletics, and Bartels Hall is named in their honor. In addition, the Bartels are avid supporters of Cornell's Shoals Marine Laboratory.