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Limited Spots! Black History Month Program hosted by DACOR, BPIA, ACI, ABAA, and TLG

  • 02/23/2023
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • DACOR-Bacon House


Please note this is a hybrid event - you have the option to attend in person or virtually. Registrations are required for all attendees. For in-person attendees, the event will run from 6:30 - 9 pm and will include dinner. The live stream will begin at 8 pm (virtual attendees will be sent a link for the event via email). This event is co-hosted by DACOR & ACI and co-sponsored by ABAA, BPIA and TLG.

Join us for a conversation between Terence Todman Jr, son of the late Ambassador Terence Todman and former State Department Legal Counsel, and Michael Krenn, author of Black Diplomacy and interviewer for Ambassador Todman’s Oral History. Mr. Todman and Dr. Krenn will focus on the many pivotal moments in diplomatic history that Ambassador Todman contributed to. Ambassador Terence Todman (1926–2014) was one of the first Black Americans designated a Career Ambassador. He was the first African American to serve as Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Todman was also an ambassador to Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina. He is known for far more than his illustrious Foreign Service career. His fervent commitment to advocating for human rights, both in the United States and abroad, set him apart from many of his foreign service colleagues.

Terence A. Todman, Jr. is retired. Over his career, he has been associated with a number of organizations, including, the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (Paul Weiss), The Chase Manhattan Corporation (Chase), and, for a brief period, The Office of the Legal Advisor in the U. S.
Department of State.

His professional life includes serving as Managing Principal of a consulting firm on sustainable economic development, the Executive Director, North America, of a Kids’ Environmental Education Project for International Art and Technology Cooperation Organization (ArTech), and a founding partner and President of Strategic Wealthcare Partners.

Terence A. Todman, Jr. joined Chase as a Senior Associate Counsel, became the General Counsel for the Chase Manhattan Private Bank, and then, the Managing Director and executive responsible for Chase’s Global Trust and Fiduciary business. While with Chase, he founded and served as the Managing Editor of The Chase Journal, a quarterly publication on U.S, international and cross-border wealth management and wealth transfer issues and was a member of a number of affiliated Boards and Committees.

Terence A. Todman, Jr. began his professional legal career with Paul Weiss, as an associate specializing in corporate and international law.

He received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from Brown University.

Terence A. Todman, Jr. has served on a number of Boards, including, The Black Filmmaker Foundation, Covenant House, The International Trust Company Association, The Benjamin M. Cardozo School of Law, The Jazz and Contemporary Music Program of New School University and the Columbia University School of Dentistry.

Terence A. Todman, Jr. was admitted to the bar in New York.

Michael L. Krenn is Professor of History at Appalachian State University. His area of study is U.S. Diplomatic History with a particular focus on the impacts of race and culture. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1985 where he studied with Lloyd Gardner. He has published six books, including Black Diplomacy: African Americans and the State Department, 1945-69 (1996), The Color of Empire: Race and American Foreign Relations (2006) and Fall-Out Shelters for the Human Spirit: American Art and the Cold War (2005), and The History of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy:  From 1770 to the Present Day (2017). Dr. Krenn was the interviewer for Ambassador Todman's Oral History.

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