Francesco Manca – October 15th & 16th

francesco-mancaFrancesco Manca, Deputy Director (ret.) for the Political and Civil Affairs office of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) will visit Virginia Tech from October 13 to October 20.  In a span of more than a quarter of a century at the UN, Francesco Manca assumed many roles at both United Nations Headquarters and in the field addressing economic development, electoral assistance, human rights, peacemaking and peacekeeping.  He held political and managerial posts in a number of UN peacekeeping missions in Central America, the Balkans, Tajikistan, East Timor, Sierra Leone and in the Middle East. During his long career he has often been invited to deliver lectures and speeches to numerous academic and professional forums in Europe, North and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.  While at Virginia Tech, Mr. Manca will give a series of lectures, take part in classes, and meet with interested faculty, students, and administrators.  His plenary lectures, open to the Virginia Tech and broader Blacksburg area communities will include speeches on:

  “The role of the United Nations in the Middle East” (October 15 6:45-8:15 PM – Brush Mountain Room –Squires Student Center) and

            “United Nations Peacekeeping and Electoral Missions” (October 16, 6:00-7:30 PM Pamplin 30). 

In addition, while at Virginia Tech Mr. Manca will meet with graduate students and faculty at a brownbag lunch and discuss career options with interested students. His visit has been made possible by the support of numerous sponsors including the Department of Political Science, the Virginia Tech Women In Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee for International Initiatives, the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance, the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, the International Relations Organization at Virginia Tech and the Cranwell International Center.

For further information please contact Laura  Zanotti, Associate Professor, Department of Political Sciences, lzanotti@vt.edu.

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