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Influential Foreign Affairs Authority to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan
James D. Fearon to Discuss International Democracy on April 6

March 23, 2009

James D. Fearon, Ph.D.
Photo courtesy of Stanford University
DELAWARE, OHIO – Foreign policy experts are debating whether an international organization should be formed to represent all countries operating as democracies. Advocates and opponents have strong opinions and cross political party lines.

James D. Fearon, Ph.D., will discuss the proposal when he presents “An International Organization for Democracies” at 7 p.m. April 6 in Benes Rooms A and B of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by OWU’s International Studies Program.

Fearon is the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he also is a political science professor. In a recent international survey, he was ranked fifth for the influence of his work on the field of International Relations during the past 20 years. He was ranked third for producing the most interesting scholarship in the past five years. More than 2,700 scholars in 10 countries were surveyed.

Fearon earned his doctorate in political science and his Master of Arts in political science and economics – both from the University of California at Berkley. He earned his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Fearon’s presentation is part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Corinne Lyman Lecture Series sponsored by OWU’s International Studies Program. Lyman, an emeritus professor of politics and government, was instrumental in creating OWU’s International Studies Program in 1979. She served as the program chair until her retirement in 1999.

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