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SDSU Institute on World Affairs receives donation

San Diego State University’s programs in international and area studies recently received a $3 million funding boost from the man after which one of the initiatives stemming from the program is named.

The Institute on World Affairs at SDSU has served as an academic and public policy forum for the analysis of international relations since 1942. The institute bears the name of Charles W. Hostler, former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. On Monday, SDSU announced that Hostler and his wife, Chin-yeh, had recently donated the money in support of SDSU’s international studies at the institute.

Hostler’s résumé in the international scene includes his ambassadorship and his service as deputy assistant secretary for international commerce and director of the Bureau of International Commerce in the federal Department of Commerce. Since 1993, he has been the honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Institute on World Affairs presents lectures by people distinguished in the international arena. Past lectures have been given by Nobel Laureates Linus Pauling and Willard Libby, U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and ambassadors to the U.S. from Brazil, China, Germany, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

“The Hostler’s support of the Institute on World Affairs has enabled us to bring to life the things and people our students are studying,” said Paul Wong, dean of SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters. “There’s no greater way to learn about world events than from the people who are directly involved in them.”

SDSU recognized Hostler’s achievements with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 2010, and SDSU will now name the new west building of Storm Hall in Hostler’s honor to recognize his continued support at the university.

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