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IAF Lecture Series - 2012-13

All lectures were held in the Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium on the NMC campus at 6 p.m., with a reception prior to the lecture from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

Ellen LustSeptember 20

The Arab People Are Speaking—But What Are They Really Saying?

Dr. Ellen Lust is an associate professor at Yale University and a first-hand observer of the ongoing upheaval in the Muslim world. She has authored several books and articles on the Middle East and received her Ph.D. in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lust will be appearing as a result of a special grant from the World Affairs Council of America focused on "Understanding Muslim Societies."

Tom MillerOctober 18

Can the U.S. Help Save Europe from Collapse?

In his nearly three decades as an American career diplomat, Ambassador Thomas J. Miller held three ambassadorial appointments in Europe, including Greece (2001-2004). He also has headed several prominent non-profit organizations, including President/CEO of the International Executive Service Corps. Ambassador Miller holds a Ph.D., two Masters Degrees, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Terrie TaylorNovember 15

One Michigander Making a World of Difference in Southern Africa
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Dr. Terrie E. Taylor is a distinguished professor of internal medicine at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Traverse City native. For the past 25 years, she has spent half of each year leading a team of physicians battling the scourge of malaria in the African country of Malawi and is currently leading a $9.1 million effort there. Among her numerous awards, Dr. Taylor was the 2011 recipient of the AMA's International Award for Medicine.

Joshua RovnerFebruary 21, 2013

National Security and the Politics of Intelligence

Dr. Joshua Rovner is author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence, a well-regarded new look at how policy makers use (or misuse) intelligence estimates, including the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq. He is also an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and reviews editor for the Journal of Strategic Studies. Rovner holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT.

Robert GribbenMarch 21, 2013

Africa is Changing: Is That Good News?
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Ambassador Robert Gribbin, one of America's most respected experts on Africa, will speak on the enormous changes underway on the continent. He will discuss the growing militarization of U.S. involvement on the continent, the complex task of bringing democracy to tribal societies, the influence of Islamic radicalism, and the economic and political challenges posed by urbanization and the latest round of foreign exploitation, this time led by China and India.

tom toomey.jpgApril 18, 2013

Afghan Youth: The Key to a Brighter Future for Afghanistan

Tom Toomey has been involved with youth programs in Afghanistan for the past eight years. He is currently finishing a book that explores how the exchange experience has affect the views of these young men and women on religion, the world, and what it means to be Afghan. He began his career in International Education in Russia almost 20 years ago and has vast experience in the former Soviet Union, India, Ethiopia as well as Afghanistan. Toomey continues to work closely with Afghan youth, building leadership skills in both boys and girls throughout the country.

Mel LevitskyMay 16, 2013

Brazil: No Longer Just the Country of the Future

Ambassador Mel Levitsky, currently the Professor of International Policy and Practice and Senior Fellow at the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, will discuss how Brazil has emerged as one of the world's leading economic successes but must deal with a number of systemic problems to maintain that status. In 2006, the United Nations Economic and Social Council re-elected him to a seat on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent body dealing with drug control standards and treaties. During a 35-year diplomatic career, Ambassador Levitsky served as ambassador to Brazil and Bulgaria, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters, Executive Secretary of the State Department, Deputy Director of the Voice of America, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Rights. Earlier in his career he was political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and a Consul at U.S. Consulates in Belem, Brazil and Frankfurt, Germany.

John Stratton HawleyJune 20, 2013

India and the Religion of the Heart

John Stratton Hawley—more informally, Jack—is Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University. He has written or edited sixteen books; three more are forthcoming. These largely concern Hinduism and the bhakti traditions of north India, as in Three Bhakti Voices: Mirabai, Surdas, and Kabir in Their Time and Ours (Oxford, 2005 and 2012) and The Memory of Love: Surdas Sings to Krishna (Oxford, 2009). The edited volumes range more widely, e.g., Saints and Virtues, Fundamentalism and Gender, and (with Kimberley Patton) Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination. Jack Hawley has served as director of Columbia University’s South Asia Institute and has received multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lecture Details

Forums are held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursdays in the Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium (#1 on NMC's Main Campus Map). Everyone is invited to attend the 5:15 p.m. reception.

Tickets are $10 at the door; area students and teachers are admitted free of charge. Instructors wishing to send an entire class should call 995-1700 to arrange for complimentary student tickets.

Updates are made to the schedule on a regular basis and posted online.

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