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Teresa S. Thomas

For immediate release:
September 27, 2002

Sir Thomas Harris to Present Verizon Foundation Distinguished Lecture

PITTSBURGH—Sir Thomas Harris, Queen Elizabeth's consul-general and the director-general of trade and investment for United Kingdom interests in the United States, will give the Verizon Foundation Distinguished Lecture Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1000, Hamburg Hall on the Carnegie Mellon University campus.

The lecture, "The UK Response to the Internet Revolution," is free and open to the public.

Harris is responsible for the promotion of British exports throughout the United States, as well as securing investment by U.S. firms in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, Harris joined the Board of Trade in 1966. He later joined the British Diplomatic Service, serving positions in Tokyo, Washington and Lagos. He was the British Ambassador to Korea from 1993 to 1997. Following that, he was appointed director-general for export promotion in the Department of Trade and Industry.

In 1995, Harris was appointed by Queen Elizabeth to be a companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, and in this year's New Year's Honors, he was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The Verizon Foundation Distinguished Lecture series was established at Carnegie Mellon in 1998 to bring experts in the telecommunications and information technology industry to the university. The Verizon series facilitates sharing ideas, discussing trends, exploring applications of technology and investigating the effects of technology on the broader society.

For more information on the series, please contact Kristin Niceswanger, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management advancement coordinator at 412-268-6066.


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