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Bea Camp and David Summers to deliver Press Distinguished Lecture on May 1

April 25, 2013 By Milton Reigelman and Elizabeth Trollinger       
Press Lecture 2013

Bea Camp and David Summers will deliver the Press Distinguished Lecture at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in Newlin Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, and counts as a convocation credit for students.

Camp and Summers, who are married, will give an address titled “The Lion in the Path,” focusing on China’s long history and its relationship with the United States.

“The past 30 years have brought about dramatic changes in U.S. assumptions about the world, a world in which the center of attention has shifted from thawing Europe to the Pacific Rim, and especially to China,” says Milton Reigelman, director of the Center for Global Citizenship at Centre. “The way in which this shifting landscape has changed the way we think about ourselves and regard our future will be the subject of the Press Distinguished Lecture.”

Camp and Summers, both Oberlin graduates, have served in key areas around the world as U.S. Foreign Service Officers for the past 35 years. Camp served as head of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai from 2008-11, after having served as Consul General in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 2004-07. She is currently Senior Foreign Service Officer on detail from the U.S. Department of State to the Smithsonian Institution as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture. Before joining the Foreign Service, she taught in China and was a reporter and editor in Washington, D.C., and New York.

Summers left his post as Executive Director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for a State Department career that included stints in Warsaw, Beijing, Bangkok, Stockholm and Budapest. He is currently translating Tang poetry from the seventh through tenth centuries.

Both Camp and Summers have ties to Centre. As a boy, Summers often visited Danville with his father, who was the college roommate of longtime Centre drama professor West T. Hill. As Consul General in Shanghai, Camp arranged for special briefings at the U.S. Consulate for the Centre-in-China students and entertained them at a dinner at the Consul General’s home.

The Press Distinguished Lecture is made possible through a gift by Lucille Caudill Little in honor of her friends, Leonard and Lillian Press. Past Press lecturers include Elie Wiesel, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., James Fallows, Arianna Huffington and, most recently, David Brooks.

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