HE Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker & Mrs. Miriam Hooker Have Invited Us to the Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua
Thursday, June 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This event is limited to Harvard Club and other Ivy Club members and their guests.
Learn about the fascinating Republic of Nicaragua, the largest country in the Central American isthmus from HE Francisco Obadiah Cambell Hooker and his colleagues. Then experience an authentic Nicaraguan Caballo Bayo buffet dinner prepared by Nicaraguan chefs Ms. Claudia Somarriba and Ms. Ana Flores. We are indebted to Ms. Sammia Hodgson, the Ambassador's assistant, for her gracious collaboration and knowledge of Nicaraguan customs and cuisine.
6:00 - 6:30 pm Registration
6:30 - 7:15 pm Talk by HE Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker followed by Q&A between the Ambassador and Harvard Club members*
7:15 - 8:30 pm Reception and continued discussions and engagement with Ambassador Hooker and embassy staff.
* The Harvard Club does not endorse the views or policies of our host nations. Our Embassy Series are cultural and educational forums designed to promote dialogue.
Biography of Ambassador Campbell Hooker
Ambassador Campbell is the first Ambassador of Nicaragua to Washington D.C. to come from the Autonomous Regions on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. In his previous diplomatic career, Campbell served as Nicaragua’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1986-1990 when Zimbabwe held the Presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement. He was concurrent Ambassador to Tanzania, Angola and Zambia. From 1982-1986, he served in Nicaragua’s Embassy in Washington DC, overseeing outreach activities and congressional relations and was concurrent during this period to Nicaragua’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations.
Between 1997 and 2010, Ambassador Campbell served as an elected Nicaraguan member to the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) which sits in Guatemala City, Guatemala and is charged with increasing democratic control and oversight of the Central American integration process. In 2007-8, Campbell served as Vice President of this regional parliamentary body.
Ambassador Campbell has been a driving force in building institutions in Nicaragua’s Autonomous Regions. In 1992 he was a Founding Member and Vice-Rector General of the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaragua Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), and he continues to serve as a Board Member. He is the President of the Center for Human, Civil and Autonomous Rights (CEDEHCA) and was a Founding Member in 1990 of the Foundation for Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), working successfully in obtaining funding and support for the Autonomous Regions from a wide range of European, U.S. and other international sources.
Ambassador Campbell holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Hawaii. He has taught at the Nicaragua National Autonomous University (UNAN); Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio
This event is limited to Harvard Club members and their guests. Business attire is required $45/person.
All proceeds will benefit the Harvard Club's community service efforts. Please do not telephone the Embassy of The Republic of Nicaragua regarding this event. For additional information, please call 202-337-1300 and speak to Caren Pauley, Executive Director of the Harvard Club.
Flor de Cana Nicaraguan Rum
Cabbage salad with mixed vegetables
Meat patties in the style of the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast
Caballo Bayo (including tortillas, meat, beans, vegetables, cheese, chorizo, condiments, chicken, gallo pinto etc. generally served in clay pots and wooden bowls/select what you like.)