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Eric S. Rubin, the former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, kicks off USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Diversity Lecture Series on Jan. 16. Rubin, president of the American Foreign Service Association and a veteran of global foreign policy assignments, will lead off the series, speaking on the topic of “Diplomacy: Our First Line of Defense.” USFSM’s Office of Global Engagement and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are partnering to host the lecture, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and reception. The event is free with registration and open to the public.