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International Security Policy Experts to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

September 9, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium continues with two experts in international security. On Sept. 24, Robert Pape will discuss “America’s Relative Decline and its Consequences,” and on Sept. 28, Nathaniel Fick will discuss “The Afghanistan Inheritance.”

Robert Pape
Photo courtesy of Robert Pape
Both events are free and open to the public, and both will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The presentations are co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program.

Robert Pape is an expert in international relations theory, national security affairs, the causes of suicide terrorism, and the politics of unipolarity. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago, where he currently is a professor of political science. Pape’s commentary on international security policy has appeared in multiple national newspapers and on major television and radio networks.

Nathaniel Fick is the chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security, an independent, nonpartisan research institution that seeks to develop national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Fick previously served as a Marine Corps officer, participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Pakistan (2001-2002), and led a reconnaissance unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He is the author of “One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer,” a New York Times best-seller. He holds a master’s degree in international security policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration degree from the Harvard Business School. His lecture will be viewable live online, and archived afterward, at stream.owu.edu/broadcasts/lecturesEvents/090928_sagan.html.

Nathaniel Fick
Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Fick
Each year, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium spotlights an issue of global significance. This year’s theme is “Renewing America for a Global Century: From Theory to Practice at Ohio Wesleyan University.” Additional 2009-2010 colloquium speakers include:
  • 4 p.m. Oct. 2 – Susan Eisenhower, president of The Eisenhower Group, discussing “America’s Energy Infrastructure: Renewing for Global Competitiveness,” in Gray Chapel in University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St.
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 – Kori Schake, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and associate professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy, discussing “Managing American Hegemony: American Power in a Time of Dominance,” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 – Richard Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a distinguished visiting scholar at DePaul University, discussing “The American Midwest in the Age of Globalization,” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This lecture will be viewable live online, and archived afterward, at stream.owu.edu/broadcasts/lecturesEvents/091020_sagan.html.
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 – Andrew Revkin, environmental reporter for The New York Times, discussing “The Energy Quest,” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 – Joshua Spero, associate professor of political science at Fitchburg State College, discussing “National and International Leadership through Service.” His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Ohio Wesleyan graduates Marija Ignjatovic, 2003, and Lydia Spitalny, 2008, in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This lecture will be viewable live online, and archived afterward, at stream.owu.edu/broadcasts/lecturesEvents/091029_sagan.html.
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – Andrei Codrescu, the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University, discussing “What is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. This lecture will be viewable live online, and archived afterward, at stream.owu.edu/broadcasts/lecturesEvents/091103_sagan.html.
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 – Bonnie Honig, the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and research professor at the American Bar Foundation, discussing “Walt Whitman and the (Im)possibility of Renewal,” in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

All presentation are free and open to the public For more information about Ohio Wesleyan’s 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium, visit snc.owu.edu.

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