What Did I Learn in Europe? A Works in Progress Presentation by Joseph Wippl

4:00 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019
5:30 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019
Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor)
Contact Organization:
Center for the Study of Europe
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Amrien
Contact Phone:
Jospeh Wippl

Resident as an American student, a CIA professional, and as a retiree in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Spain, with extended periods in Belgium and the United Kingdom for a total of 17 years of my adult life, what did I learn in Europe and what did I learn about being an American? By living and residing in foreign countries and building relationships with people from other countries, you will see your own country with a different set of eyes than your fellow citizens. It gives context to the study of international affairs and to one's own life.

Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the U.S. intelligence community.

The Works in Progress presentations are intended to foster interdisciplinary conversations among Europeanists and others at BU. Open to faculty, graduate students, and visiting researchers. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to edamrien@bu.edu.