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International Lecture Archives 2007 - 2008

Past Alworth International Lectures: 2007-2008

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – 7 p.m. - Chemistry 200, UMD
 “The Changing Balance of Power in the Middle East: The Impact of the War in Iraq”
Presented by Dr. Marina S. Ottaway, Middle East Program Director,
Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Marina S. OttawayDr. Ottaway specializes in democracy and post-conflict reconstruction issues, with special focus on problems of political transformation in the Middle East and reconstruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and African countries. Her lecture will focus on the Middle-East and regional consequences stemming from the war in Iraq, particularly with respect to the impact on democratization in the Arab World .

Ottaway’s most recent book, Uncharted Journey: Democracy Promotion in the Middle East (co-edited with Thomas Carothers), was published in January 2005. Her extensive research experience is reflected in her publications, which include nine authored books and four edited ones. Learn more about the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Program.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007 -7 p.m. -UMD Library Rotunda
“The Horn of Africa” presented by Leenco Lata

Leenco Lata is a writer and analyst on political and security developments in the Horn of Africa. His book on this subject, The Horn of Africa as Common Homeland: The State and Self-Determination in the Era of Heightened Globalization, was published in October 2004. Lata’s talk examines the conflicts in the Horn region of Africa where four out of a total of eight peacekeeping operations in Africa are underway. He is a former member of the leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front and presently lives in Norway.

Monday, October 22, 2007 -7 p.m. -UMD Library Rotunda
“Governments and Poverty” Presented by Dr. Adrian Leftwich

Dr. Leftwich is Co-Director of the Department for International Development’s research consortium on Institutions and Pro-Poor Growth(IPPG), as well as a professor in the University of York (UK) Politics Department. His research is currently focused on state-business relations and the politics of economic policy-making in developing countries.

 Wednesday November 14, 2007 -7 p.m. -UMD Library Rotunda
“Tourism and Memory in Vietnam” Presented by Dr. Scott Laderman

Scott Laderman is an assistant professor in the History department at UMD. Based upon his award-winning dissertation, Laderman will explore the history of the United States and Vietnam through the scope of tourism. Dr. Laderman received his PhD. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus in 2005, where he also won one of four University Graduate School’s Best Dissertation award for 2007.

New America Foundation Speakers
Presented by Sherle Schwenninger and William Hartung
 Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 12 p.m. - UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Sherle Schwenninger, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, will talk about local reaction to American Foreign Policy and the impact of China and India on the world economy.  William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, will be focusing on Alternative Defense Policy, China and current proliferation and military budgets.

"What Can We Expect Next of Britain’s Gordon Brown?”
Presented by Gerard Baker, Washington-based United States Editor/ Assistant Editor at The Times (London)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
- 7 p.m.-UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Gerard Baker has worked for the Financial Times ( Tokyo correspondent and then Washington Bureau Chief) before joining The Times. He has written several very telling pieces on Gordon Brown and Brown’s policy changes since he took over from Tony Blair.What is Brown's attitude to Us-UK cooperation in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere?

“ China: Problems and Prospects”
Presented by Gordon S. Chang
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 7 p.m. - UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Gordon G. Chang, frequent visitor to China, takes a critical stand on the Chinese Communist Party suggesting that the behavior of the Party and its officials is capable of upsetting Chinese stability. China has been identified as a theme in the international Brown Bag Series and Chang’s lecture will raise further issues about China in a lively, and even controversial, manner.

“Exchanging Spears for Books: The Maasai School Project”
Presented by Hans Johnson, Founder of the Maasai Cultural Foundation
Wednesday, March 12 - 7 p.m. - UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Hans Johnson went to Kenya when he was 21 with some recording equipment and a desire to document the music and culture of the Maasai people. He will talk about his experiences living and working with the Maasai, focusing on his recent work helping to build a school where over one hundred adults are learning to read and write. Click here to learn More about Han's work with the Maasai.

“A Four-Star Africa Command: Why now, what for and at what risk?”
Presented by Peter Strozok
Wednesday, March 26 - 7 p.m. - UMD Library Fourth Floor Rotunda

 Peter Strozok has worked in different parts of West Africa and is particularly interested in the Sahel region, which he sees as having huge agricultural potential. His talk will focus on the Government of the United State's decision to start-up a Four- Star Combat Command in Africa in late summer, 2008.

“What About Food Security?”
Presented by Dr. Doug West, Associate Professor of Political Science, Lakehead University  
Wednesday, April 9 - 7 p.m. - UMD Library Fourth Floor Rotunda

Doug West is a political philosopher who cooperates with the Alworth Institute in supporting the North Shore Public Discussion Opportunities, which focus on issues of international interest and are held in Grand Marais, Minn. Doug is researching the social, philosophical and political issues surrounding food and food security.

2007-2008 Special Events:

Fall 2007 Bob Hattery International Roundtable
Saturday, October 13, 2007 -9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais, Minnesota

"What Are the BIG International Issues Today? What kind of leadership qualities
do we need in our Canadian and United States leaders to address these international issues?”

Please join us on Saturday, October 13, 2007 from 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais, Minn. for a discussion on the above listed topic.  Guest speakers will include Khalil Dokhanchi, Professor of Political Science, UWS; William Henderson, Alworth Institute Director from UMD; and Thomas Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. State Department.

A soup and sandwich buffet lunch will be provided, donation requested.   Anyone and everyone encouraged and welcome to attend this event. For questions, please contact the Cook County Community Center / Extension office at 218-387-3015. 

 St. Andrew’s Night, Friday, November 30, 2007 -5:30 p.m.
“ Glasgow: From Medieval to Post-Modern City” 
Scottish Dinner & Lecture Presented by Dr. William Henderson, Director of the Alworth Institute

Last year the focus was on Edinburgh as a City of the Enlightenment. Glasgow too was a center for the Enlightenment and very much more besides! Glasgow is a city that has long-term connections with North America, a proud industrial past, the finest Victorian and Edwardian City Center in Europe and which is home to the biggest visited tourist attraction in the whole of Scotland. This is a city that has re-invented itself through the arts, culture and tourism. It’s bigger than Duluth and older but the re-invention has strong similarities. $40 per person – Friend Raising Event

“Politics and Law in Divided Societies”
Presented by Ziad Kays, Alem Yirga,  and Wasantha Navaratne Bandara
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 7 p.m. - UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

These experienced lawyers come from Lebanon, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.  They each live in societies divided by history and contemporary politics.  What is the justice system like in each of these countries?  How does the system cope with the stresses and strains of political life and constitutional and extra-constitutional action?