The UVA Center for Politics Ambassador Series opened on the first day of class during the 2014 fall semester with the hosting of His Excellency Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. This event took place in the midst of the Ukraine crisis attracting resulting in an audience of over 400. Since that time thousands of University of Virginia students, faculty, staff, and members of the Charlottesville community through the Ambassador Series have received the opportunity to engage with ambassadors from around the world. His Excellency Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States scheduled to speak on Wednesday, October 24 represents the tenth ambassador to participate in this series with additional Series event planned. The Ambassador Series provides the opportunity to learn about the relationships between our countries and directly engage with leaders on the world stage.