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SVC Center Plans Talk by Grad on U.S.-China Powers Jan. 25

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Posted: Friday Jan 20, 2012

January 20, 2012

The Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College, in cooperation with the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government and the Loe China Studies Center, will present a lecture by foreign policy advisor Daniel W. Piccuta, a graduate of Saint Vincent, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25 in the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.

This will be the seventh in the Center's 2011-2012 Government and Political Education Series, and is entitled “The USA and China: Powers, Rivals, Partners.”

Mr. Piccuta works for the U.S. Department of State and is the foreign policy advisor to the commander, and concurrently launch director of the Pacific Outreach Directorate (J9), U.S. Pacific Command, based in Hawaii. Previously, he served as chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

A member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service (Minister Counselor rank), Mr. Piccuta has served three times in the Department’s Executive Secretariat. His foreign postings have included Luxembourg, Milan, Belgrade and multiple tours in China (Beijing and Guangzhou).

In private law practice in Los Angeles prior to entering the Foreign Service in 1986, he handled corporate, investment and commercial matters for foreign and domestic clients and was vice president and assistant counsel at Standard Chartered Bank’s California subsidiary, Union Bank.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1977. He earned a juris doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Upcoming lectures in the series include Stephen Moore, “The End of Obamanomics,” February 8; Dr. Micah Watson, “Locke’s Legacy or Rousseau’s Temptation: American Government as Creature or Creator,” February 22; and Dr. Charles Holt, “Auction Design for Public Policy,” March 14.

For more information, contact Mary Beth McConahey, program manager of the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College at