Ambassador Limbert to Speak at OCCC

Former hostage in Tehran to speak on US-Iran relations

    (Published: 10-31-13)

US Ambassador John Limbert

United States Ambassador Dr. John W. Limbert will speak about U.S.-Iran relations and his unique experiences as an ambassador on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Community College campus.

Ambassador Limbert, along with dozens of other Americans, was held for 14 months during the Iran Hostage Crisis. He arrived in Tehran a mere three months before the U.S. Embassy was overtaken.

During his 34-year career in the United States Foreign Service, he served mostly in the Middle East and Islamic Africa, including postings to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. He was president of the American Foreign Service Association (2003-05) and ambassador to Mauritania (2000-03).

Limbert has also taught Middle Eastern Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary, responsible for Iranian affairs, in the State Department's Bureau of Near East Affairs.

A native of Washington, D.C., Limbert earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, the last degree in History and Middle Eastern Studies. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer, in Kurdestan (1964-66) and as an instructor at Shiraz University (1969-72).

He has written numerous articles and books on Middle Eastern subjects including Iran at War with History (Westview Press, 1987), Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004), and Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History (U.S. Institute of Peace, 2009).

Limbert holds the Department of State's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the department's Award for Valor.

Limbert's presentation will be held in the College Union on the campus of OCCC, 7777 South May Avenue. For more information, please call Gina Quinn at (405) 682-7879.