Cami Hofstadter

Honorary consuls and universities

By Cami Hofstadter / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Honorary consuls and universities

This is the 3rd post about the connection between universities and the foreign consuls throughout our communities. Moreover, I’m talking about those consuls who serve as honorary consuls for a foreign nation. They are long-term residents somewhere in the United States and they are not subject to transfer like their colleagues who hold a career consular position. There has been no…

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Consuls thank Luke Lee

By Cami Hofstadter / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Consuls thank Luke Lee

Why would I say the foreign consuls throughout our communities in the United States are grateful to Luke Lee? And, who’s this Luke Lee? First of all, he passed away on January 7, 2015, at the age of 91 in Bethesda, MD.  so our gratitude must be for the legacy he leaves behind. Consuls everywhere…

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Consul titles. Does anyone care?

By Cami Hofstadter / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Consul titles. Does anyone care?

When I gathered all my notes for my consular reference book a couple of my beta-readers commented, “Why so much emphasis on titles?” This led me to repeat the commonly-stated explanation of how people in distinguished positions — think judges, politicians — generally are offended when they are not recognized with their titles. To repeat from a prior…

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Consular corp, corps, corpse

By Cami Hofstadter / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Consular corp, corps, corpse

You know the old saying that “if I had a penny for every time I’ve heard [fill-in-the-blank], I’d be rich.” Well, some day it’s a dead body – a corpse – that’s going to make me very, very rich. Lest you suspect some sinister motives here let me rush to explain: we’re only talking incorrect terms for a consular corps!…

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University of Miami 1964 internationalization

By Cami Hofstadter / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on University of Miami 1964 internationalization

Do consuls have an impact on the strategic internationalization goals of today’s universities? I started thinking about that when I ran across a newspaper tidbit from 1964 about how the then-mayor of Coral Gables actively sought to attract consuls to his city. At that time, Coral Gables (one of over thirty municipalities in the Miami-Dade…

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Consul Emeritus Title

By Cami Hofstadter / September 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Consul Emeritus Title

In my previous posts (and more extensively in chapter The Tiff over Titles in my book) I have written about the many confusing titles that consular officials may claim. All this makes for interesting (and fun!) social and official situations to observe. Most recently, my mind has wandered to the usage of Emeritus for a…

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Consul Suspended in US

By Cami Hofstadter / September 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Consul Suspended in US

Recently many of us read or heard about the suspension from duty of the honorary consul of a European nation (for the purposes of this blog it doesn’t matter what country she represented in a small part of the U.S.), for her political activity on social media. The first question should be who/what agency can…

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Larry David on Consul

By Cami Hofstadter / September 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Larry David on Consul

You can imagine how my ears perked up when the fictional character of a consul appeared Season 9, episode 2, of  Curb Your Enthusiasm  (HBO). How was Larry David going to deal with this person? Was he going to (incorrectly) say “c-o-u-nsel” when speaking with this official? I couldn’t wait. Well, kudos to Larry’s character.…

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Consular Corps History

By Cami Hofstadter / September 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Consular Corps History

For years, we here in Miami believed the consular corps was somehow “founded” in the 1950s (quotation marks are appropriate because, as readers of my book know, a corps is sui generis  – by itself – unique in that it doesn’t require a special act to come into being). So when I started digging into…

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Consuls and UN, Locally

By Cami Hofstadter / September 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Consuls and UN, Locally

Not long ago, I was in a discussion about consuls and the United Nations. Recapping UN history: it was founded on October 24, 1945 in San Francisco with 51 member nations. Today there are 193, and the head quarters are in New York City (you may tour certain parts of the building to learn about…

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