The University of Scranton will host its annual Dr. Jay Nathan Visiting Scholar Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m., in the PNC Auditorium at Loyola Science Center.
Ambassador Stig P. Piras, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Denmark in the United States, will serve as the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Distinguished Guest Speaker and Visiting Nathan Scholar. He will participate in a panel discussion titled “Denmark: History” with Dr. Nathan and Cultural Diplomacy Advisor Frederikke M. Christiansen. culture. economy. ” The lecture will be followed by a cultural performance and reception.
This event is free and open to the public and is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Nathan, a benefactor and former professor at the Kania School of Business in Scranton.
Prior to his current position as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Denmark in the United States, Ambassador Pilas served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, DC from 2005 to 2008. He also served as Deputy Director-General for Asia and Latin America, Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Deputy Embassy Representative and Counselor at the Embassy of Denmark in Ankara, Republic of Turkey. Ambassador Pilas served as Ambassador of Denmark to the Republic of Iraq from 2020 to 2022. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen and a bachelor’s degree from Aarhus University.
As a cultural diplomacy advisor, Christiansen advises artists and cultural organizations in both the United States and Denmark. She supports cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark through a variety of art forms, including visual and performing arts, music, literature, and film.
A recipient of a Fulbright Travel Scholar Grant to Romania and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Thailand, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, Dr. Nathan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association and a lifetime member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. I am also a member. Association. He is a past president of the International Association for Global Consciousness and the author of recently published books on Kazakhstan and India. Dr. Nathan received a grant from the United Nations Development Program to teach graduate courses in management theory and logistics at the International Business School of Vilnius University, Lithuania.
Immediately following the panel discussion, there will be a cultural music performance by Jacob Alved and Felix Moseholm. Alved and Moseholm share a special bond as a duo, as they started playing music together in Copenhagen and have followed each other’s musical journey closely since they were 14 years old.
A talented jazz guitarist, Alvedo was born into a musical family and began working as a professional musician in his teens. He collaborates and records with internationally acclaimed jazz artists and has received numerous awards for his recordings and performances. He currently lives in New York City and works as a composer and arranger. He has made four recordings as a bandleader.
Moseholm grew up playing the cello until his great-uncle introduced him to the bass, and his skillful playing earned him numerous awards and recognition. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard University. He lives in New York City and has worked as a sideman, bandleader, composer, arranger, and music teacher.
Dr. Jay Nathan’s Visiting Scholar Lecture Series brings international scholars from emerging democracies and countries in political and economic transition to the university to enlighten and benefit students, faculty, and the community at large. working on the problem. While visiting campus, scholars will give presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students, and faculty.
Lecture reservations can be made at scraton.edu/JayNathanLecture or by calling 570-941-7816.