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28 April 2009

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The highs and lows of President Obama’s first 100 days as American President will be put under the University spotlight next week as part of a discussion led by the US Embassy’s newly appointed Welsh Affairs Officer.

Mr Mark Rosenshield, who is based in the Political Department at the US Embassy in London, takes up his new role as the Embassy’s Welsh Affairs Officer in May.

The talk, followed by a question and answer session, will take place on Wednesday 6th May at the Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building at 6pm.

As the Embassy’s Welsh Affairs Officer, Mr Rosenshield acts as a central point of contact between the Embassy and the people of Wales resulting in greater opportunities for business, cultural, education and government contacts.

Dr Ryan Prout, School of European studies, who organised the event said: "Arguably Mr Obama’s election as President has captured the public’s attention, not only in the US but across the world, and ignited renewed interest both in US and global politics.

"We are delighted that Mark Rosenshield has chosen the University as the venue for the first talk given in his new role as the US Embassy’s Welsh Affairs Officer.

"His talk gives us the opportunity to hear an American perspective on Obama’s first 100 days as US President, as well as the chance to ask questions about the future direction of the American administration and what it means for us in Europe and in Wales."

Mark Rosenshield joined the US Embassy in London in March 2008. He was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, USA and has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California and a Master's Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

After finishing his academic studies, Mr Rosenshield joined the US State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 2005. He served in the political section at the US Embassy in Kuwait for two years, where his focus was on human rights and democracy.

Attendance is free. To confirm a place, please e-mail: or telephone 029 20 876934.

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