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Whitworth to host Governor Inslee’s Advisor for Trade Policy Robert Hamilton, March 6

February 26, 2014

Robert Hamilton, advisor for trade policy in Washington state, will give a lecture on “The International Trading System and Washington” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (509) 777-3834.

“Robert Hamilton offers a unique perspective on the role of government, private industry and foreign governments, because he is closely attuned to the workings of each,” Patrick Van Inwegen, Whitworth assistant professor of political science, says. “This lecture provides an opportunity for our community to gain insight into how international trade affects us.”

Hamilton works for the U.S. Department of Commerce as a trade representative for Washington state. He works to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has opened state exports without high tariffs in countries such as Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia. The Trans-Pacific Partnership announced in 2011 is an agreement between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States that is geared toward promoting trade, investment, innovation and job retention.

Hamilton also has worked closely with major multinational corporations, such as Microsoft,, and Boeing. He graduated from Monterey Institute of National Studies with a master’s degree in international policy.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Stephanee Newman, program assistant for the political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3834 or

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