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Former NATO Diplomat Miggins ’66 to Headline International Education Week

​Former NATO Diplomat Miggins ’66 to Headline International Education Week

Providence, R.I.--U.S. Army Col. (retired) Michael D. Miggins ’66, a former senior diplomat with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), will speak as part of Providence College’s 2011 International Education Week (IEW) celebration from Monday, September 26, through Thursday, September 29.

PC’s Center for International Studies (CIS) will sponsor or co-sponsor 13 events on campus that week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education is celebrated in more than 100 countries.

Miggins will deliver his talk, “NATO: From Kosovo and the Khyber Pass to the Shores of Tripoli,” on September 29 at 4:00 p.m. in Slavin Center ’64 Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Miggins, who was a political science major at PC, served in the Army for 27 years as an officer in Airborne and Mechanized Infantry units, as well as in staff positions in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He had tours of duty on the Army Staff, the Joint Staff, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for combat actions in Vietnam.

After his retirement from the Army, Miggins spent 12 years as a senior diplomat on NATO’s International Staff in Brussels, Belgium. In this role, he was a member of the political affairs and security policy division--working on cooperative security issues that included Kosovo, NATO- Russia, arms control, and Afghanistan.

Miggins earned a master’s degree in international relations from St. John’s University. He also is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Army War College.

Other IEW events

  • On Monday at 3 p.m., there will be an Internships Francophone Europe information session in Harkins Hall Room LL14. Students can learn about how they can earn academic credit while studying in Paris.

    At 4 p.m., a PC in Rome information session will be held in the Slavin Center Soft Lounge. The session will include a Skype presentation from Italy with Kevin Murphy, director of PC’s Center for Theology and Religious Studies in Rome, and Dr. Dana Dillon, assistant professor of theology and faculty resident director at the center.

    At 5 p.m., a Blackfriars Oxford information session will be held in Harkins Hall Room LL16. Rev. Richard Finn, O.P. will be on hand to discuss the England-based program.

    Also at 5 p.m., a Global Studies information session will be held in Slavin Center Room 112. Students can hear from other students who have studied abroad or participated in experiential learning around the world.

    At 6 p.m., the CIS will host a Study Abroad Fair in Slavin Center ’64 Hall. Program providers will exhibit highlights of their approved programs to students interested in studying abroad.
  • On Tuesday at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m., recipients of the Father Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowships for Study and Service Abroad will discuss their experiences during “Abroad for Christ in the Company of St. Dominic” presentations in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies (CCDS). The reflections are being sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the CCDS.

    At 2:30 p.m., Paola Cesarini, assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Stephen J. Mecca, professor of physics, will lead a faculty seminar entitled “Infusing International Experiences into the Curriculum” in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) in the Feinstein Academic Center Room 303. The event is co-sponsored by the CTE.
  • On Wednesday, the CIS will hold a study abroad information session in Slavin Center Room 112 at 3 p.m. The session will give sophomores the opportunity to learn about spending a semester, summer, or year studying abroad.

    At 4 p.m., Patricia Goff, associate director of internships in the Office of Career Services, and Dr. Michael J. O’Neill, associate professor of philosophy and the College’s post-baccalaureate fellowship coordinator, will discuss post-graduate, international opportunities in the Slavin Center Soft Lounge.
  • On Thursday, the CIS will hold another study abroad information session at 4 p.m. in Slavin Center Room 112.

    The week will conclude with a film screening of Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, which will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Sandra T. Keating, associate professor of theology, and R. David Coolidge, Muslim chaplain at Brown University. The screening and discussion will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in McPhail’s in the Slavin Center.

For more information, contact the CIS at (401) 865-2114 or at


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