Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey to speak at UofL


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Joe Hockey, Australian ambassador to the United States, will speak at the University of Louisville Oct. 22 as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series. His free, public talk will consider “Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration.”

    Hockey, former treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia and a longtime member of parliament, has served in Washington since January 2016 and is noted for developing strong working ties with senior figures in President Trump’s administration.

    The discussion begins at 10 a.m. in the Swain Student Activities Center’s Floyd Theater. Doors open at 9:15 am. The event is free, but tickets must be requested online at

    “Hosting international visitors is always an enriching experience for us, but to bring someone with the accomplishments and influence of Ambassador Hockey to our community is unique and very exciting for us all,” said McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg.

    For more information, contact GlyptusAnn Grider Jones, 502-852-4579 or

    Editors: Hockey’s photo is attached. Additional details for media wishing to attend will be sent separately.



    John Karman, III
    John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.