Former ambassador Chris Hill to speak in Carbondale on Tuesday |

Former ambassador Chris Hill to speak in Carbondale on Tuesday

Ambassador Chris Hill
Wayne Armstrong |

The Roaring Fork Cultural Council presents Ambassador Chris Hill at the Thunder River Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Hill served as ambassador to Iraq, and he will shed some light on the current crisis there. This promises to be a timely community conversation.

Hill is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010. In addition to overseeing the Josef Korbel School, Hill is a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs.

Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was in Iraq from April 2009 through August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Previously he served as U.S. ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and special envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a special assistant to the president and as a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council, 1999-2000.

Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul and Tirana, and on the Department of State’s Policy Planning staff and in the Department’s Operation Center. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association he served as a staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues. He also served as the Department of State’s senior country officer for Poland. Hill received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer where he supervised credit unions in rural Cameroon, West Africa.

Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a B.A. in Economics. He received his M.A. from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

More information is available at or by calling 970-618-0954. TRTC is located at 67 Promenade, Carbondale (on the Red Brick Walkway, between Main and Colorado Ave and Fourth & Sixth St.)

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