Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 5:30 PM
The Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center, 4th Floor
The University of Scranton

Free and Open to the Public
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For additional information, call the Weinberg Memorial Library at 570-941-7816 or email

This free event, which also will include a showcase of Thai art and culture, entertainment and a reception offering Thai delicacies, is all made possible through the generosity of Dr. Nathan, who divides his time between Scranton and New York, where he is a tenured full professor of management at St. John’s University in Queens. He was previously a tenured professor in the University’s Kania School of Management.

The honored guests, with similarly distinguished backgrounds, will bring a perspective to campus that is unique to emerging democracies and will highlight their own research while discussing timely topics of interest to students, faculty and the community at large.

In addition to Dr. Nathan, the panelists are:

▪ The Honorable Pornpong Kanittanon, the Royal Thai Consul General, who previously held multiple Secretary positions in the departments of Protocol, Political Affairs, East Asian Affairs and Information and worked in the Royal Thai Embassies in Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea;

▪ Napadol Thongmee, consul of the Thai Trade Center, who also has held top positions in several Royal Thai Embassies across the globe and has spent 28 years in government service, representing Thai interests in Milan, Italy, Mexico City, Mexico, and Tehran, Iran;

▪ Srimala Waraphaskul, a 22-plus-year executive with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or TAT, who is responsible for integrated marketing communications, advertising and trade outreach and promotional campaigns to increase arrivals to Thailand from the United States’ Eastern Seaboard;

▪ Korbsiri Iamsuri, director of the Thailand Board of Investment, who promotes North American investment in Thailand as part of the Thailand Board of Investment in New York City.

Wednesday, April 8th ~ 2nd Annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Lecture

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At the conclusion of the Panel Discussion, artists from Mongolia will perform traditional music and dance. Reception to follow. Reservations encouraged.

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from economically challenged and politically suppressed nations to visit the University of Scranton to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community-at-large. Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life or share a cultural exposition in the arts or music for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community. This annual lecture initiative will highlight the research and contributions of guest scholars of international repute who will visit the University to discuss timely and timeless subjects. While visiting campus, scholars will deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty.


Inaugural Lecture in Annual Series Sheds Light on Kazakhstan

BlogImage_NathanLectureThe University of Scranton has established The Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library.  The inaugural lecture in this series, titled “Kazakhstan & Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics & Economy,” occurred on Wednesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion, which was free of charge and open to the public, took place in the Scranton Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

The mission of the lecture series is to invite international scholars and professionals from economically challenged or politically suppressed nations to address issues that will enrich the intellectual life of the University community and the residents of our region.

The oil-rich nation of Kazakhstan, located in the heart of Asia, occupies more area than Western Europe. Since declaring its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, this ethnically and culturally diverse nation has pursued a balanced foreign policy and grown economically.

The inaugural lecture featured the series namesake, Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Professor of Management at St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. Dr. Nathan was a Fulbright Scholar to Kazakhstan and a visiting professor and Ph.D. advisor to the Eurasian National University in Astana, the nation’s capital. He is an honorable professor of the Karaganda University of Economics, also in Kazakhstan. Previously, Dr. Nathan was a professor at the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton. A lifetime member of the Fulbright Association, he serves on the board of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter. Passionate about international business development in poor and emerging countries, Dr. Nathan is the author of “Kazakhstan’s New Economy: Post-Soviet, Central Asian Industries in a Global Era.”

Joining Dr. Nathan on the panel for “Kazakhstan & Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics & Economy” was Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the U.S.; William Courtney, senior principal for policy strategy at Computer Sciences Corporation; and Nancy Neill, facilitator of management discussions of vision, values and strategy and founder of the Atlanta Communications Group.

His Excellency Umarov graduated with honors from Almaty Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages with fluency in Kazakh, Russian, English and French. He has served as the deputy foreign minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and as deputy director of the European States Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2009. He concurrently held positions as Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to both India and Sri Lanka.

William Courtney, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Dept. of State, advised on the reorganization of foreign affairs agencies; served as special assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia; and was U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan. He has served as U.S. Commissioner with rank of Ambassador in negotiations with Russia to implement the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, U.S. deputy negotiator in U.S.-Soviet Defense and Space talks in Geneva, deputy executive secretary of the National Security Council staff, and special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Nancy Neill has appeared as a guest lecturer in communication for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and for Georgia State University. She has served several nonprofit organizations including CARE, the Carter Center and the New York Blood Center. An award-winning short story writer, Neill is the co-author of the book “Real Collaboration: What it Takes for Global Health to Succeed,” and the author of “More than Bricks and Mortar.” She currently serves on the board of the Fulbright Association and is past president of the Georgia Chapter.

For more information on “Kazakhstan & Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics & Economy,” call 570-941-7816 or email