October 16, 2007

Diplomat who resigned over
Bush policies to give ethics lecture

A diplomat who resigned over the Bush Administrationís decision to go to war with Iraq, will visit Sacramento State University to discuss ethical challenges in the military and diplomatic service, 9-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, in University Unionís Hinde Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Retired Army colonel and former Foreign Service diplomat Ann Wright spent 29 years in the military and 16 years as a U.S. diplomat. She was one of three U.S. diplomats who resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq.

Wrightís discussion will focus on the role of ethics in diplomatic and military decision making and the responsibilities of ethical behavior for commanding officers and ambassadors.

Wright joined the Foreign Service in 1987 and served as deputy chief of mission of U.S embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia. She later served a five-month tour in Afghanistan, where she helped reopen the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in December 2001.

She resigned from the Foreign Service in March 2003 while serving as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Mongolia over Bush administration policies on the war in Iraq, the lack of effort in resolving the Israel-Palestinian situation, the lack of progress regarding North Korea and curtailment of civil liberties in the United States. She currently writes and lectures on U.S. foreign policy. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience, which will be published this month.

The lecture is presented by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics through a grant by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

The center was founded in 2005 by the Philosophy Department as a complement to the departmentís teaching and scholarly focus on ethics. The center partnered with the RCF to promote ethical practices and behavior within the University and community by presenting a series of speakers, events and workshops on governmental and political ethics during the year.

For more information on the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, contact Professor Christina Bellon at (916) 278-4162, or visit their website at www.csus.edu/cppe. For media assistance, contact Sacramento Stateís public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.