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Dr. Henry P. Williams to speak on Piracy in the Early American Republic

Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

On Monday, March 1, 2010, at 12:00 noon, Dr. Henry P. Williams will be giving a talk on: “The Role of Piracy in Shaping the Constitution and the Early American Republic.”

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Dr. Williams is originally from Michigan. He attended Culver Military Academy, the University of Virginia (with a BA in History), the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where he met his Alabama-born wife, Marilyn, the University of Florence, Italy, and finally, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (A joint Tufts and Harvard program) where he completed three degrees, a Masters in International Relations, a Masters in Law & Diplomacy, and a PhD. in Law & Diplomacy.

Dr. Williams has lived in four foreign countries, for a total of eight years, and has studied and worked professionally in four foreign languages: French, Greek, Italian and Turkish. Work overseas has included: teaching; language and arts studies; doctoral research fellowships; international merchant banking, and international consulting.

Dr. Williams worked for Bankers Trust Co. in New York first as a Commercial Banker, then in the Wall St. Division as a Corporate Finance banker, and finally, moved to the international side of the bank on special assignment in Istanbul, Turkey.

After starting Turkey ‘s first investment bank under the auspices of Bankers Trust Co., (as a member of a small team), Dr. Williams returned to the States and moved with his family to Charlottesville in 1992. Since then, he has worked as a licensed Realtor and operated a small financial consulting business. He also lectures on the Near East/Turkey, ancient and modern. He has been an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, is currently President of the Charlottesville branch of The English Speaking Union, is a SAR Thomas Jefferson chapter past president and is currently Third VASSAR VP, in line to become State President in 2012.