Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Celebrating Vera and the Ambassador

SUNY Press was pleased to welcome Vera and Donald Blinken to Albany last week. Friday at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the Blinkens discusssed their recently published memoir, Vera and the Ambassador, describing their experiences with the U.S. diplomatic effort in Hungary during the Clinton Administration. Watch the video here.

On Saturday the Blinkens spoke at the University at Albany as part of the weekend-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the SUNY system. It was a homecoming of sorts for Donald: before serving as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary he was Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Donald and Vera were kind enough to sign books for those in attendance before and after the luncheon. It was a wonderful day filled with goodwill and generosity—thank you, Vera and Donald, for visiting and for giving so freely of your time.