Huntsman Program Events


Special events serve both to bolster the sense of community among Huntsman students and to complement their international education with experiences outside of the classroom. Social events such as international movie nights and cultural programs like the annual Lunar New Year celebration are staples of the Huntsman experience. In addition, academic lectures, book signings and round-table discussions are opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge of international issues.


Throughout the academic year, the Huntsman Program invites special speakers from the world of academia, industry and government to address program participants and the University community at large. Past speakers have included the governors of Utah and Hawaii, the Consul General of France and the Deputy Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The CEOs of major corporations, renowned professors and Program alumni have also been invited to speak. Recently, the Huntsman Program hosted a talk by Mr. Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group.


Select Speaker Events 2011-2013

James L. Bullion, Director of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations; Colonel Lynda M. Granfield, Military Assistant to the Director of the TFBSO; Waheed Majrooh, Senior Business & Cultural Advisor to the Director of the TFBSO
“Afghanistan: A Noble Past, A Brilliant Future”

Sheryl Kaye, Director of Recruiting and Due Diligence, Guggenheim Global Trading
“The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing”

Professor Jamal J. Elias, Chair of the Religious Studies Department
“Image Wars”

Daniel E. Schmerin, Director of Special Situations at Fairholme Capital Management
“Pathways from Penn: Careers in Government and Finance”

Chan Heng Chee, Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States
“Globalization, Democracy and Singapore”

Prof. Mauro Guillen, Director, Lauder Institute & Felix Zandman, Professor of International Management
Huntsman / Lauder Event

Prof. Mori Taheripour, Coordinator, NFL/NFL Players Association Business Management & Entrepreneurship Program
“How Sports Can Change the World”

Nicolás Ardito Barletta, Former President of Panama
“Panama and the Importance of its International Banking Center for Latin America”

Prof. Steven Blum, Lecturer for the dept. of Legal Studies & Business Ethics
“New Professionalism”

Ann Bernstein, Founding Director, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE)
“The Case for Business in Developing Countries: Let’s Change the Conversation”

Matthew Asada, CW ’02, American Political Science Association congressional fellow
“Afghanistan by Day, Pakistan by Night”

Rohit Singh, Huntsman ‘02, Advisory Board Member; Danny Urgelles Huntsman ‘11; Alba Topallaj Huntsman ‘10; Nicolas Aguirre Huntsman ‘11; Nancy (Rongrong) Jin Huntsman ‘12
J.P. Morgan Event with Huntsman Alumni: An Overview of Banking

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Leonid Markel

Class: 2009

Study Abroad: Moscow, Russia

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Throughout my four years in the Huntsman Program I met an unbelievable array of individuals. From governors and senators to ambassadors and CEOs, I had the pleasure of hearing insights regarding a variety of topics from those most knowledgeable about them—all within the cozy confines of the Huntsman Program Office. While speakers may not come to the program every day, Huntsmanites are always up for a lively conversation about anything from Lebanese politics to the best finance professor. I cannot imagine another community as interesting and diverse as the Huntsman Program!

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