CEAS Professional Series

The CEAS Professional series is a high impact lecture series that brings to campus individuals who do significant work in East Asian studies, but who do so outside of the context of a university. This series highlights authors, journalists, policymakers, film-makers, etc. who have made serious contributions to our understanding of current issues in East Asia and connecting East Asia and the United States.

Upcoming Events

We are delighted to announce Ambassador (ret) Kathleen Stephens as the fourth speaker for the CEAS Professional series! She will be delivering a talk by the title “American Diplomacy in Asia and Who Will Shape It: Is the 21st Century Still the Pacific Century? on Thursday, April 18, 4.30PM at Pyle Center 313.


Kathleen Stephens was a career Foreign Service officer, 1978-2014. She was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2008-2011), and acting U.S. Ambassador to India (2014). Other overseas postings included China, Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, and Portugal. She served in numerous State Department and White House positions in Washington. She is Board Chair of The Korea Society and Vice-Chair of The Asia Foundation. She was President of the Korea Economic Institute of America 2018-2023.