March 14, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Ambassador W. Robert Pearson and his wife, Margaret Pearson, a senior United States Foreign Service officer, will discuss U.S. diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with Turkey on Monday, April 2 at 4 p.m. in Porter Lounge in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Program in European Studies, is free and open to the public.

Robert Pearson has been U.S. ambassador to Turkey since September 2000. Formerly Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy to France, Pearson has had assignments at NATO, in China and in New Zealand. He also has held posts with the State Department in Washington and as Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council in the Reagan administration.

Margaret Pearson, the Special Advisor to the State Department for European Property Affairs, was the Director of Information and Press Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. She also has been the director of the United States Information Agency China desk in Washington.

The Pearsons will provide an opportunity for conversation about current American diplomacy, Turkey, the Middle East and the U.S. diplomatic service.