Peter Lee Memorial Lecture

Established in 2007, this event honors the late Dr. Peter C. Lee, an SJSU associate vice president for faculty affairs and professor of social work. Lee was one of the first two Salzburg Fellows from SJSU and served as director for the Center for Human Services Research and Development within the School of Social Work.


What Works and What Doesn’t in a Time of Shrinking American Presence

James Warren as speaker
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm, SJSU Engineering 189


International Education Week 2013

James Warren (SJSU Alumnus and Regional Director for Fulbright programs in Southeast Asia) will speak about American Assistance Abroad - What Works and What Doesn't in a Time of Shrinking American Presence.

He graduated from San José State University twice – with a master's degree in music (1984) and a master’s degree in international finance (1986). He remembers the great pride that all Spartans felt upon learning that Peter Uebberoth – TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1984 – had turned down an offer from Stanford University to give the commencement address at SJSU instead.

After graduating, Mr. Warren joined the U.S. State Department and served as a Foreign Service Officer for more than 20 years. He worked at U.S. embassies in eight countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa – including roles as Embassy Public Affairs Officer and Press Spokesperson in four countries. He credits much of his success in passing the Foreign Service exam and during his career to what he learned at SJSU – both in the classroom and in his out-of-classroom experiences on campus. Mr. Warren now lives in Bangkok, where he serves as the Regional Director for Southeast Asia for the Institute of International Education (IIE) – a large educational NGO based in New York City that administers the Fulbright Program on behalf of the United States government. This year’s Peter Lee Memorial Lecture will focus on his observations over 25 years of living abroad on how U.S. foreign assistance can be most effectively used to help people in other countries build prosperous lives for themselves and help their countries develop further – and how the SJSU community can play a part in that process.