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Foreign Policy Expert to Discuss America’s Future as a Global Power
Kori Schake Speaks Oct. 8 as Part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium

September 28, 2009

Kori Schake, Ph.D.
Photo courtesy of Stanford University
DELAWARE, OH – Understanding why the United States has succeeded in becoming a strong global power is vital if the nation is to map an effective course for its future, says Kori Schake, Ph.D., senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

Schake will present “Managing American Hegemony: American Power in a Time of Dominance” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 as part of Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium. She will speak in the Benes Rooms of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public. It also will be streamed live online, and archived afterward, at StreamOWU.

“Our strategic challenge will be persuading others to share the burdens of maintaining the existing order that has served us all so well,” Schake states in her latest book. “The costs are relatively low because nearly all the states in the international order voluntarily acquiesce to U.S. predominance.

“When they stop believing, as a few have, that U.S. power is a force for the general good, the cost of maintaining order increases,” she states. “It is not enough for us to appreciate we are a beneficent hegemon: we must do better to demonstrate it to others who are not convinced.”

In addition to her work at the Hoover Institution, Schake is a professor of international security studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a former national security adviser on defense issues to President George W. Bush, and a former senior foreign policy adviser for the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Her latest book, “Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance,” was published in July. Schake earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She earned two master’s degrees and her doctorate from the University of Maryland.

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.” Schake’s presentation, co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, also is part of the university’s annual Corinne Lyman Lecture Series. Lyman, an emeritus professor of politics and government, was instrumental in creating Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program.

Additional 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium speakers and topics include the following:

  • 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, discusses “The American Midwest in the Age of Globalization.” His presentation, co-sponsored by the departments of Economics and Journalism, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 – Andrew Revkin, environmental reporter for The New York Times, discusses “The Energy Quest.” His presentation, co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism and the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 – Joshua Spero, associate professor of political science at Fitchburg State College, discusses “National and International Leadership through Service.” His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Ohio Wesleyan graduates Marija Ignjatovic, 2003, Dan Sharpe, 2006, and Lydia Spitalny, 2008. The event will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 – Andrei Codrescu, the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University, discusses “What is an Immigrant, What Makes an American?” His presentation, co-sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government, also is the 2009-2010 John Kennard Eddy Lecture on World Politics. The program will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
  • 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, discusses “Walt Whitman and the (Im)possibility of Renewal.” Her presentation, co-sponsored by the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

For more information about Ohio Wesleyan’s 2009-2010 Sagan National Colloquium, visit snc.owu.edu.

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