University of Virginia to Host Central European Ambassadors at Public Event

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – This afternoon, the University of Virginia will host a public event, “Perspectives on the U.S. and Europe,” with the ambassadors of the Visegrad Group, which is made up of four nations in Central Europe (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).

Ambassadors to the United States who will participate in this event are: His Excellency Ivan Korčok, Ambassador of Slovakia (which currently holds the Visegrad presidency); His Excellency Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of the Czech Republic; His Excellency Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary; and His Excellency Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland. UVA Vice Provost for Global Affairs Stephen Mull, who formerly served as the Ambassador of the United States to both Poland and Lithuania, will serve as the panel moderator. Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato will open the event.

The ambassadors will discuss topics drawn from student, faculty, and staff suggestions and will take questions from the audience.

The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Garrett Hall Great Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. It is free and open to the public with advanced registration. Members of the media are encouraged to arrive prior to the event for interviews.

The event is co-hosted by several different entities at UVA: Office of the Provost; Center for Politics; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; European Studies Program; Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and Miller Center.

This is the eleventh event of the UVA Center for Politics’ Global Perspectives on Democracy Ambassador Series, which has also featured the ambassadors from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. The Center for Politics will be hosting the ambassador of Ireland on April 2, which also will be open to the media and to the general public with advanced registration.