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Contact: Deborah Pierce, NIU Division of International Programs
(815) 753-1989

September 24, 2009

Thailand foreign minister will visit NIU

DeKalb, Ill. — The public is invited to attend a talk by Thailand Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, who will visit the Northern Illinois University campus next week.

The foreign minister’s talk will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in Wirtz Hall 101. The post of foreign minister is equivalent to the post of secretary of state in the United States.

“He’ll be talking about continuing cooperation between Thailand and the United States in the areas of education, economics and foreign affairs,” said Deborah Pierce, associate provost of International Programs at NIU.

“The foreign minister wanted to visit NIU because he’s impressed by what we do here in Thai studies,” she added. “This is a huge honor for NIU that reflects all the hard work and scholarship of our Thai Studies faculty, past and present.”

NIU Political Scientist Danny Unger, who specializes in Thai politics, arranged for the visit. Narong Sasitorn, Thailand’s consul-general in Chicago, will be accompanying Piromya, along with consuls-general from Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver and eight Thailand ambassadors.

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