Jennifer Lechtanski | September 3, 2018
Janne Haaland Matláry, former State Secretary of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will deliver the 2018 Nanovic Forum Lecture on September 6th (Thursday) at 5:00 p.m. in Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library.
Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Matláry will deliver a lecture entitled “A House Divided: European Values and Strategic Ability.” The lecture will be free and open to the public.
The purpose of the Nanovic Forum is to bring European leaders from a variety of academic, cultural, and professional fields to Notre Dame to discuss issues of major importance in Europe today. The Forum was established in 2011 through the generous support of Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic.
Born in Norway in 1957, Matláry converted to Catholicism at the age of twenty and went on to pursue a distinguished career in academia and public policy. She earned her Ph.D. in political science in 1994 and taught policy courses at the University of Oslo on energy, security, and international human rights. In 1997, she was invited to join Kjell Magne Bondevik’s Christian-Democratic government and served as its deputy Foreign Minister for three years.
In taking that government position, Matláry became the first woman to hold a high government post in Norway since the Protestant Reformation.
In 2000, Matláry returned to teaching, research, and advising as Professor of International Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo. For her scholarship and work in European culture and politics, she was awarded the St. Benedict Prize in 2007. She was invited to the Davos World Economic Forum as a member of the Global Agenda Council.
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