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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie leads discussion

 Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will speak at Hamline University on Friday, February 18, 2011, as part of the university’s International Roundtable Series. His topic is “Constructing Trade Policy Research from the Ground Up—Before and After the Internet.”

The event takes place at 11:30 a.m. in Giddens Learning Center, room 100E, located at 1556 Hewitt Avenue in Saint Paul. It is free and open to members of the Hamline community and friends of Hamline. Bring your lunch, if you'd like.

As Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie partners with township, city, and county officials to organize elections on behalf of Minnesota’s 3.7 million eligible voters.

Ritchie also oversees a wide range of services for Minnesota businesses provided by the Office of Secretary of State, including the archiving of official documents. He is responsible for administering Safe at Home, the state’s address confidentiality program. He serves on the State Executive Council, the State Board of Investment, and on the board of the Minnesota Historical Society. He is currently president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

In the 1980’s Ritchie served in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, working to address the economic crisis threatening family farms and rural communities. He served as president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade policy from 1988-2006. He was named Politician of the Year by the state’s largest political news journal, Politics in Minnesota, in 2008.

International Roundtable Series
Hamline University’s International Roundtable Series is sponsored by the Global Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline University with additional support from the Howard and Darrel Alkire Chair in International Business and Economics, Hamline School of Business, and the CLA Dean’s Office. For future events visit the global studies page.