This lecture examined key touchstones of New Zealand’s history, society and cultural forms. And discussed complexities beneath the country’s surface, often missed by visitors.
Study Leader David Huebner '82 S80 is the former United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (2009-2014). Ambassador Huebner is an independent international arbitrator based in Los Angeles. Previously he held senior positions in the Asia Pacific region, including chairman & CEO of a large international law firm, founding chief representative of a firm in Shanghai, and policy adviser to a member of Japan’s National Diet.
As Ambassador, he was honored for innovative statecraft, social media communication, bilateral security work, science & technology cooperation efforts, and whole-of-society outreach. He was the first openly LGBT person confirmed as Ambassador by the Senate, and the Smithsonian Institution has taken certain of his papers and artifacts into its permanent collection of American history. Huebner is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland University of Technology’s Faculty of Business and Law, licensed solicitor in England & Wales, and member of the Bars of California, New York, and the District of Columbia.
A 1982 summa cum laude graduate of Princeton, he also holds his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.