Career diplomat to visit Centenary November 18 and 19

Dr. Rebecca Otis

SHREVEPORT, LA — Dr. Rebecca Otis, a career diplomat with the US State Department, will share her personal and professional experiences with students and the Shreveport-Bossier community during a two day visit to Centenary on November 18 and 19.

On Monday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m., Otis will present “Tales of a Female Diplomat: Life in the Foreign Service.” At 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, Otis will be interviewed by a Centenary political science student as part of a career development session. Both events will be held in the College’s Kilpatrick Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Otis has served in Egypt, Jordan, and Belgium, and is currently posted to Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Denver with a doctoral degree in International Studies. Prior to joining the foreign service, Otis was a professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Columbia College, University of Denver, and the University of Colorado.

“Having Dr. Otis on campus presents an opportunity for our students, campus, and the wider community to hear from a current U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer (FSO) about her experiences as a diplomat in the Middle East and doctoral research on the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” says Dr. Amanda Donahoe, assistant professor of political science at Centenary. “Dr. Otis will share tales from Egypt, Tunisia, and the Palestinian Territories as well as discuss with students what it means to serve our country as a US diplomat and how she achieved this career path.”

For more information about Otis’s visit to Centenary, contact Dr. Amanda Donahoe at


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