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Ambassador of Botswana to visit campus Monday

Tebelelo Seretse also will renew Alden Library book depository agreement

Her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, ambassador of Botswana to the United States, will visit Ohio University and renew the book depository agreement between the University and Botswana.

On Monday, Nov. 7, Seretse will tour Alden Library and deposit books into the Botswana collection. She also will host a public lecture titled "An ambassadors' life: Representing Botswana in the U.S." from 3 to 5 p.m. in Bentley Hall 136. 

The Women's Center will host an free and open reception following the lecture in Baker University Center 403 and refreshments will be served.

"African Studies is very happy to join in the hosting effort for Ambassador Seretse," said Ohio University Director of African Studies Steve Howard. "The University has benefited from a long relationship with the Republic of Botswana and we have many outstanding alumni working in that country, particularly at the University of Botswana."

Seretse became ambassador of Botswana to the United States earlier this year, her first ambassadorial assignment. She has had a career spanning more than 30 years, including work for the government of Botswana from 1999 to 2004 and had been a board member for a variety of organizations from 1996 to 2010. She has been a member of the Law Society of Botswana since 1995, and is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honors Society for Economics.

The book depository agreement, established in 1990, is a longstanding arrangement between the University and the government of Botswana.

According to this arrangement, Botswana deposits books and official documents into Alden Library. The major goals for this program are to increase visibility of Botswana in North America, and increase resources for both African and American students.

This is the only book depository agreement Botswana has in the United States. The University has similar arrangements with the governments of Malaysia, Swaziland and Guatemala.

"It is great that a senior representative of the Botswana government will visit Athens to both get a better idea of our current interests in her country and share ideas of how we can work together in the future," said Howard.

After completing her Athens visit, Seretse plans to visit her alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, where she earned a master's degree in economics in 1980.