The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Hope College and its Global French Cultural Studies program will present the address “Life after Hope College” by 2014 graduate Susan Haigh on Monday, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Haigh is a Future Europe Initiative program assistant at the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank that seeks to foster the leadership and strategies to secure the international liberal order.  She organizes and executes high-profile public and discreet private events, strategy sessions and conferences with senior U.S. and European politicians, thought leaders, analysts, and experts in Washington, D.C., New York, and cities across Europe including Brussels, Berlin, Munich, Wroclaw, Istanbul, Paris and London.

From fall 2014 to summer 2015, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Perpignan, France, where she taught English in a socio-economically diverse high school and worked with a refugee rights organization called La Cimade. Before that, she worked as a translator, French-speaking liaison, and data integrity assistant for Gordon Food Service in Grand Rapids from January to August 2014.

Haigh graduated from Hope with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and French. During her time at the college, she founded a Building Tomorrow Chapter, recruited a leadership team of six students, and built a primary school in Kibimba, Uganda, with funds raised in six large-scale events on Hope’s campus, including Bike to Uganda and the Uganda Rave. She also completed the India May Term as part of her interest in world religions, and studied abroad in Rennes, France.

Haigh is fluent in written and spoken French, and aspires to learn Arabic as part of her developing expertise in the intersection of European and Middle East policy.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the college’s Department of History, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, International Studies program and the Hope College Fulbright Program.

The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.