NPR counterterrorism correspondent
to speak Feb. 4
Western Michigan University is again partnering with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids to present a timely talk on international issues in conjunction with the council's 2013 "Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series."
Locally, WMU will be offering one live lecture by NPR correspondent Dina Temple-Raston at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4 on its campus in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium. Her talk, “The New Threat Assessment: Defending America on a Budget,” will address the country’s new and emerging challenges in dealing with terrorism and counterinsurgency. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Great Decisions brochure
Temple-Raston is a Belgian-born American journalist and award-winning author, well known for her 2001 book, “A Death in Texas,” and for her work as a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News during President Bill Clinton's two terms. She joined the NPR staff in March 2007 and reports on counterterrorism at home and abroad for NPR News.
This year, the "Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series" offered by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will feature eight talks in Grand Rapids. "Great Decisions" is one of the largest foreign policy lecture series in the nation and the state's only lecture series devoted to American foreign policy issues.
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Series
The council's Grand Rapids programs, which carry an admission fee, will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Aquinas College, near the corner of Plymouth and Robinson Road. They will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. over eight consecutive Mondays from Feb. 4 through March 25.
The cost per lecture at Aquinas is $10 for World Affairs Council members and $15 for others. Faculty, students and staff of the council’s educational partners, including WMU, may attend free of charge by showing their WMU ID at the door. Package-ticket deals are available for members and nonmembers, and there is free parking close to the Performing Arts Center.
The dates and names of the eight planned talks, along with their presenters, are:
- Feb. 4, “The New Threat Assessment: Defending America on a Budget,” NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston.
- Feb. 11- “Brothers, Sisters and Soldiers: Egypt's Transition to Democracy,” Dr. Annie Dandavati, 2012 Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo.
- Feb. 18- “Global Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Always? Everywhere?,” Dr. George Lopez, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.
- Feb. 25- “NATO's New Security Challenges: Outlook from Turkey,” Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, Chicago, Ill.
- March 4- “Red Line: Iran, Israel and the Bomb,” Reza Marashi, National Iranian American Council, Washington, D.C.
- March 11- “The Road to a New Myanmar: Where Could It Lead?,” Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, print and photojournalist team reporting on Southeast Asia.
- March 18- “Feeding the Dragon: China in Africa,” panel discussion.
- March 25- “Imperfect Union: The Eurozone in Crisis,” Dr. John McCormick, professor of European Union politics at Indiana University and Dr. John Pottow, professor of law at the University of Michigan.
For more information about WMU's "Great Decisions" lectures, contact Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education at email@example.com or (269) 387-5890.
For more about the World Affairs Council or its lectures visit: http://www.worldmi.org/