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U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross, one of America’s key negotiators in the Middle East for more than a decade, will present the inaugural Goldfarb Lecture on Tuesday, May 1, at Colby College in Waterville. The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union and is open to the public free of charge.

Ross headed the Middle East peace talks for the administrations of both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. As special Middle East coordinator for the U.S. Department of State, Ross played a key role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and in dealing directly with the negotiations. He was instrumental in assisting the Israelis and Palestinians in reaching the 1999 Interim Agreement, and he successfully brokered the Hebron Accord in 1997.

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle Eastern policy, Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher in their meetings with Middle Eastern leaders. Prior to his service as special coordinator, Ross served as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff under the Bush and Clinton administrations.

The Goldfarb Lecture has been made possible through a gift from William Goldfarb, a member of Colby’s Class of 1968 and a Colby trustee.