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A Conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch ’80


"Princeton in the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity":

A Conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch ’80


***Tuesday, June 21st *** @ 5:30pm ET




The Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC) and the Princeton Women's Network (PWN) of NYC are delighted to bring you this bring you this highly relevant and topical conversation.

Marie Yovanovitch '80 is the embodiment of Princeton’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service.” Please join Alexandra Lebenthal ’86 for a conversation with the Ambassador about her long career in public service, her moment in the spotlight during the Trump Administration, the conflict in Ukraine, and her recently published memoir, Lessons From The Edge.

Ambassador (ret.) Marie L. Yovanovitch is a Senior Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, after serving three years as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2016-2019). She previously served as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008). From 2012-2013, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she was responsible for policy on European and global security issues. She also served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2004-2005. She retired from the Department of State as a Career Minister in January 2020.

A graduate of Princeton University with a master’s degree from the National Defense University, Ambassador Yovanovitch received numerous Presidential and State Department awards, including the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award.



When: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm ET via Zoom

Register: Please register with your name, email and Princeton graduation class.

To send questions in advance:

A Zoom link will be emailed at time of registration.

Copies of Lessons From The Edge can be purchased here

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Second chance with Prof. Keith Whittington

A Discussion with Prof Keith Whittington

Monday, March 16, 2022 5pm

Registration Link

PA3 held an event with Professor Whittington last December.  If you missed it, you have a second chance via the Princeton Alumni Association of Essex and Hudson counties.  Details below.
We're thrilled to invite you and PA3 to PAAEHs's 2nd annual multi-city virtual speaker event which will feature Professor Keith Whittington.  Professor Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, will speak on his book, Speak Freely, which was President Eisgruber’s Pre-Read selection for the Class of 2022.


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Posted by tmswift almost 2 years ago.


An Evening with Brett Lunger '67

An Evening with Brett Lunger '67

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Starts at 8pm EDT

Register Here


Brett Lunger '67 is one of the few Americans to have competed at the highest levels of international motorsports.  He drove in Formula One from 1975 to 1978.  In 1975 he was teammate to world champion-to-be James Hunt.  In 1976, he was one of the drivers who stopped their race to drag Niki Lauda from his burning Ferrari during the German Grand Prix.  This promises to be a fascinating look back at racing in the 70s, a period when the risks were far higher than today (12 F1 drivers were killed racing during the decade).

Registration is via the link above.  Brett asks that you provide a brief summary of any motorsports or "hot car" experience you have.  You may send these to


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Posted by tmswift almost 2 years ago.


New York State Wine Tasting

PA3 cordially invites you to 

Wines of New York State

Saturday, June 11, 2022

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Via Zoom


The wine theme this time will be the fascinating and trendy American Wine Regions [A.V.A.] of The Finger Lakes and Long Island within the State of New York.  Our goal is to feature and review together 4 representative wines from small producers in NY, One white, two light bodied reds and one full bodied wine.  

Optional Cost: $93 plus tax for four bottles of wine plus a seminar with a certified sommelier and educator. It is not required to purchase the wines or buy all 4 bottles.  

For Zoom instructions, RSVP with affiliation by June 7 to Mo Chen ’80 at


Wine Details

We have again arranged a wine tasting in partnership with Public Wines, 23 Witherspoon St. Our certified Sommelier and educator for the evening will be Sebastian Koncurat, who has 20 years of experience in the wine and culinary industries.

Click here for the description of the four wines, and how to purchase them.  Further details plus cheese pairings will be sent to registrants.

Please note that if you buy 12 bottles or more, you can get a 15% discount by using promotional code PA3.

Public offers free delivery to the following zip codes: 08502, 08504, 08525, 08528, 08534, 08536,08540,08542,08553, and 08558. Promotional code: Freeship

If you live locally but outside these zip codes, please order online or call and pick up at the store.   Alternatively, Public is now shipping across the country so if alumns living far from the Princeton area wish to join, Public can ship directly via Fedex. If you have questions for Public Wine, please call 609 924 0750 and they will be happy to help you. Please mention PA3 wine tasting.

Cheese Pairing Suggestions

Michele at Olsson’s has selected some cheeses and is offering a cheese platter which you can view on this link:

Please call or email Michele for details: 609 924-2210 or

The Cheeses are:

Lamoreaux- Washington's Crossing - A PA made firm cheese with Alpine and Gouda flavors. 

Paumuou- Fromager D' Affinios- French double cream brie, very milky and sweet 

Weis- Old Witch- Switzerland Alp produced cheese. Nutty, sweet and semi- soft. Balances well with Riesling style and bubbles

Red Tail- Veri- Goat From NJ this is a cave aged, raw milk, small batch goat's milk cheese and is mild, but still has some of that grassy, goat flavor




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Putin's War of Choice - a Senior Diplomat's View

Putin's War of Choice:  A Senior Diplomat's View

A discussion with Hon. Jeremy Kinsman '63, former Canadian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the EU

Via Zoom

Thursday, March 24, at 7:30pm EDT

Register here


Join us for a discussion, including Q&A, of Putin's war in Ukraine, including a fascinating look at the diplomatic steps that led from the dissolution of the USSR to the current catastrophe in Ukraine.  Ambassador Kinsman is one of Canada's most distinguished diplomats and is frequently asked by media for his assessment of foreign affairs.

He recently authored a paper on the origins of the war in Ukraine, which was published in Canada's  Policy Magazine, for which he is principal foreign policy editor.


Jeremy Kinsman (Princeton ’63, Institut d'études politiques de Paris ’65) can fairly be called the dean of the Canadian diplomatic corps. During his career, he has served as the Canadian ambassador to the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan,Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Italy, Albania, and the European Union. He was also the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

In 2007, Ambassador Kinsman was Diplomat-in-Residence at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.   He has also been Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and Distinguished Diplomatic Visitor at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Council of Premier Justin Trudeau.

Kinsman is a regular contributor to print media and TV, notably as lead foreign affairs writer for Policy Magazine.


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