UCEAP Alumni and Friends

Harlan Strauss: From the Pentagon to Hollywood

Harlan Strauss was a member of the inagural group of 14 UC students that traveled to Lund University, Sweden in 1966.  Harlan believes participation in UCEAP was fundamental to his personal and career development over the decades that followed. Following a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in political science, Harlan worked for the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. as Research Director for the Republican Leadership, then Chief Speechwriter for the Republican Party. Harlan had a full career at the Pentagon as senior foreign affairs/national security advisor to eight Secretaries of Defense with specialties in negotiations, East-West conflict and European affairs.

 After leaving government Harlan re-invented himself into a new career in acting, both in film and television.  He has appeared in roles in House of Cards, Saturday Night Live, and the Tonight Show, among others.  "I could not have done any of the above without the base that UCEAP provided me.  I have visited Sweden nearly every year since 1966.  EAP was and remains very important to me."

 Join Harlan and other alumni as we travel back to Lund University to celebrate our 50th anniversary! Read more about the upcoming reunion events here or contact Elizabeth Janis Perl.  


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