Guest Lecture by the Consul General of Belgium Oct. 24
Hosted by the History Department, the lecture will examine the history of Belgium which became a sovereign modern state and constitutional monarchy in 1830, and explain the position of Belgium in international affairs and how it became home to the headquarters of the European Union’s institutions.
“The event is designed to elevate awareness of global transformations while appreciating diversity and equality in the world,” said Fullerton College History professor Reza Yeganehshakib. Yeganehshakib said students taking classes in world civilizations, history and political science are encouraged to attend, however the event is open to everyone.
“The guest speaker is a top-ranked diplomat, originally a lawyer, but very passionate about history,” Yeganehshakib said.
Henri Vantieghem, born in Brussells in 1964, was appointed Consul General of Belgium in Los Angeles in 2016. His jurisdiction covers many of the western states in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii, the American territory form the Samoa Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the territory of Guam.
He carries 18 years of diplomatic experience acquired as a non-resident diplomat for Iraq; coordinator justice and home affairs at the permanent representation of Belgium to the European Union; diplomatic council at the private office of the Minister of Justice; deputy head of Mission at the Embassy of Belgium in Ankara, Turkey; and deputy director of the Disarmament Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before joining the diplomatic service, Vantieghem was an attorney with the Bar Association of Brussels and a professor of commercial law at the Brussels City Business School. Vantieghem is a reserve Navy officer and lieutenant commander in the Naval Control of Shipping (NATO organization).
For more information contact the Social Sciences Division at 714-992-7047 and view the flyer for details.