Penn State professor, ex-U.S. ambassador visits ‘Conversations from Penn State’

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – On the next "Conversations from Penn State," School of International Affairs’ professor Dennis Jett sits down with Patty Satalia to discuss his career with the U.S. Foreign Service that spanned 28 years and three continents.

"Conversations from Penn State" will air at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 15, on WPSU-TV. The show can also be viewed at

Jett's career abroad began in 1973 as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He then served as the deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy in Malawi and in the U.S. Embassy in Liberia where he was the second ranking officer during the Liberian Civil War. He became special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council and U.S. ambassador to Mozambique and Peru, among other titles. Immediately prior to joining Penn State, Jett was dean of the International Center at the University of Florida for eight years.

"Conversations from Penn State," with Satalia at the helm, offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field, drawing national and worldwide attention.

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Last Updated May 12, 2014