2014-15 Global Studies Speaker Series Announced

by Katie Bradley | Sep 03, 2014

All lectures are free and open to the public, and attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers at receptions following each presentation. The series is celebrating its eleventh year.

Pierre Atlas, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of the Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian University, will open this year’s series on September 11 with, “Middle East in Crisis,” a particularly timely subject matter.

Speaking on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Atlas will survey and analyze current events in the Middle East region. A monthly opinion columnist for The Indianapolis Star, Atlas’ most recent column on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: “The World Must Stand Up to ISIS, Radical Islam” gives a sample of his expertise on the subject matter.

With lectures ranging from Maryknoll Lay Missioner Anita Klueg’s ’97, “Building Bridges for the Marginalized in Mombasa” on November 7 to Catholic Relief Services’ Caroline Brennan’s “Field Update from the Front Lines: The Most Pressing Humanitarian Emergencies Today” on February 11, the series will also explore humanitarian issues.       

November marks the 25th anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution,” the peaceful separation of Czechoslovakia into two independent democracies. On November 17, former Slovakian diplomat Pavol Demes, Ph.D., will discuss “Slovakia’s Post-Communist Journey in a Shifting Europe.”

Senator Joe DonnellyFor politicos, United State Senator Joe Donnelly’s “Indiana and the World,” on October 11 and Richard Lugar’s “America and the World” on December 7, will look at the role Indiana and the United States play on the world stage.

On January 20, John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company, will present “Perspectives on Global Health.” His position at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies will provide unique insight on global health issues.  

The series will end with a global ethics lecture by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert H. Latiff, Ph.D., titled “Emerging Weapons Technologies: Are We Approaching a Moral Rubicon? ” on March 31, 2015.    

Please note that the some events are at the Marian University Theatre and others are at the Evans Center. For a complete list of dates, speakers, and venues and to pre-register online, visit The Richard G. Lugar Center for Global Studies website

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