2013 Biddle Lecture on International Studies

Latin America: More Than Just an Asterisk?

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Sanford School of Public Policy, Room 04
Information: The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins at nancy.robbins@duke.edu.

Donna Hrinak
is Country President for Brazil for The Boeing Company. She came to Boeing after five years in the food and beverage industry, as Senior Director for Corporate Affairs at Kraft Foods and Vice President for Public Policy at PepsiCo.
Before entering the private sector in 2004, Hrinak was a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. She served as Ambassador in Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Mexico and the Caribbean. She has also worked at the U.S. embassies in Mexico City, Tegucigalpa, Bogota, and Warsaw and at the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo.Hrinak serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). Hrinak earned a B.A. degree from Michigan State University, from which she was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities. She also attended The George Washington University and the University of Notre Dame School of Law. She and her husband Frans Boetes, a native of the Netherlands, live in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Miami, Florida.

The Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture in International Studies, inaugurated at Duke University on November 5, 1992 with The Honorable Vernon Anthony Walters as the first invited speaker, was established by Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and James H. Semans and their family to honor Mrs. Semans’ father, who had a distinguished career as a diplomat in the service of the United States and was an original signer of The Duke Endowment.

The Lecture symbolizes Duke University’s continuing commitment to promoting international understanding.