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The Hostler Institute hosts two lectures per year in collaboration with the President’s Lecture Series.

The Institute prides itself on encouraging robust critical debate, including the airing of highly controversial themes. Its operating motto is AUDIATUR ET ALTERA PARS (Let the Other Side be Heard). The Institute’s speakers are drawn from all areas of global affairs, including international diplomacy, academia, national security, and protest politics.

Charles Hostler was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain under President George H. W. Bush (1989-1993) and served as the Honorary Consul General of the Bahrain in the USA since 1993. He was buried with full military honor next to his father (a WWI Army Officer) at the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife, Chinyeh and 2 step-sons.


Hostler Institute

The Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs plays a critical role in the educational mission of SDSU. It was founded in 1942 as the Institute on World Affairs to inform students, faculty, and the wider public on global affairs. The Institute has provided the SDSU and greater San Diego community with high level and spirited intellectual engagement on a rich diversity of international issues and controversies.

The institute has hosted ambassadors from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, and Yemen. Distinguished speakers have included Nobel Laureates Willard Libby, Linus Pauling, and Harold Urey, as well as leading international relations and legal scholars Hans Morgenthau and Richard Falk, British Ambassador to the United Nations Lord Caradon (who drafted UN Security Council Resolution 242, the “land for peace” Middle East resolution), American statesman Ralph Bunche, California Governor Pat Brown, Austrian Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg, Russian Premier Alexander Kerensky, and a leading global jurist and diplomat Richard Goldstone (former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals on the Former Yugoslavia and on Rwanda. Recent topics have included drone warfare and targeted killings, international war crime courts, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, refugee crises and new challenges in U.S. foreign policy.  

It is now honored to bear the name of Charles W. Hostler, former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain. Ambassador Hostler served his country with distinction and provided generous support in time and money to the Institute and many other worthy causes.

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Tuesday, March 12th

At the Parma Payne Goodall Event Gallery