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More information about the next Bank of America Lecture Series in 2009-10 will be available during the Fall of 2008. If you have ideas for the next Bank of America theme, please contact Ellie Marranzini ’09 or Stephen Kalin ’09, SAC Event Coordinators 


2007-08 Lecture Series:

Principles, Power, and the Future of American Leadership

“The Values that Can Fix American Foreign Policy”
Samantha Power
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author/Journalist and Human Rights Activist
September 26, 2007
8:00pm- Duke Family Performance Hall

For over a decade, Samantha Power has produced some of the most thought-provoking journalism from some the world’s most troubled regions.  From 1993-96, she covered wars in the former Yugoslavia for the US News and World Report, The Boston Globe, and The Economist.  Her book, A Problem from Hell:  America and the Age of Genocide received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in US foreign policy.  Her 2005 New Yorker article on Darfur won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting.  Ms. Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.  She currently is The Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


“U.S. Foreign Policy and Nation Building”
Andrew Natsios
Distinguished Professor in Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
November 7, 2007
7:00pm- Duke Family Performance Hall

Best known for his time as Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. Natsios now serves as President’s Special Envoy to Sudan.  During his USAID career, he also served as Special Coordinator for International Disaster Assistance and Special Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and assistant administrator for the Bureau for Food and Humanitarian Assistance (now the Bureau for Humanitarian Response).  Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Natsios served as chairman and chief executive officer for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, where he took over management of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, or "Big Dig" after a period of scandal and cost overruns.  He has served as Vice President of World Vision U.S., the largest faith-based non-governmental organization in the world and as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace.


“Environmental Stress, Security and American Leadership”
Dr.  Thomas Homer-Dixon
George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto
Thursday, January 24, 2008
7:00pm- Duke Family Performance Hall

One of the world’s leading experts on the relationship between environmental degradation, resource scarcity and violent conflict, Dr. Homer-Dixon’s work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times,  the Toronto Globe and Mail, and a variety of other scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers.  His award-winning books include:  Environment, Scarcity and Violence, winner of the 2000 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize from the American Political Science Association; The Ingenuity Gap, winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Non-fiction Award; and The Upside of Down, winner of the 2006 National Business Book Award and a Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as the best book in Political Science for 2006.


“Do We Want to Be the New Rome?”
Dr. Richard N. Haass
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
7pm-Duke Family Family Performance Hall

One of the most widely recognized experts on American foreign policy, Ambassador Haass draws from a wide range of academic and policy-making experience.  Among his many positions, he served as Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State and as Special Assistant to President George Bush and Senior Director of Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council.  Ambassador Haass is the author of ten books on American Foreign Policy, including The Opportunity:  America’s Moment to Alter History’s Course.  He served as Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a Lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  In 1991, Ambassador Haass received the Presidential Citizens Medal and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.




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