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Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch: Lessons from the Edge
November 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lessons from the Edge
Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch (ret.)
Sunday, November 6, 7pm
Location: Edison Gymnasium, Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $45 (Includes one book and one ticket)
$60 (Includes one book and two tickets)
Moderated by James Wertsch, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and Global Studies and Director Emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis.
The former ambassador of Ukraine will discuss her inspiring and urgent memoir, detailing her career in international diplomacy which concluded with a presidential impeachment inquiry. Marie Yovanovitch electrified the nation by speaking truth to power.
By the time she became US Ambassador to Ukraine, Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.
A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.
Yovanovitch served as the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to other senior government positions during her thirty-three-year diplomatic career. She retired from the State Department in 2020 and is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a non-resident fellow at Georgetown University. She has received multiple awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award (twice), the Secretary’s Diplomacy for Freedom Award, the Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy, and the PEN/Benenson Courage Award. She lives in the Washington, DC, area.