US Ambassador to Italy, John Phillips, addressed students of The American University of Rome this week by taking part in a lively exchange and debate on contemporary topics affecting relations between the US and Italy.
A lawyer with more than four decades of experience, Mr. Phillips made his name in confronting intractable environmental and corruption issues. He later served in President Obama’s first administration as Chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and given his long-time love of Italy (and being of Italo-American origin) he was a natural candidate when the position of Ambassador to Italy and San Marino opened in June of 2013.
The Ambassador spoke with warmth, wit, and a good deal of candor about the issues of concern for university graduates within both countries. All who heard him were struck by his humanity and his commitment to social causes, leaving little doubt he will make a wholly positive impact on bi-lateral relations between the USA and Italy.
The Distinguished Lecture was the second in a series organized by Prof. Aldo Patania with the US Ambassadors in Rome.
The third and final lecture of the series will be delivered by Mr. Kenneth F. Hackett, US Ambassador to the Holy See, on November 25th at 9:15am in the auditorium.