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Liebert World Affairs Lecture Series

Bringing the world to campus

Established in 2016 and hosted by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, the Liebert World Affairs Lecture Series brings world-class scholars offering new and different perspectives on world politics to campus. Students, faculty, staff and the Southwest Florida community have long enjoyed engaging lectures that stimulate the mind. 

 Upcoming Lectures

Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy

Professor Joseph S. Nye, Jr (Harvard University)

Date | Saturday, Jan. 25 | Refreshments 4:30, talk 5 p.m.

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Since we so often apply moral reasoning to foreign policy, how can we do it better? Crucially, presidents must factor in both the political context and the availability of resources when deciding how to implement an ethical policy--especially in a future international system that presents not only great power competition from China and Russia, but transnational threats as borders become porous to everything from drugs to infectious diseases to terrorism to cyber criminals and climate change.

Dr. Nye is a University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a Deputy Under Secretary of State, and won distinguished service awards from all three agencies. His books include "The Future of Power", "The Power Game: A Washington Novel", and (forthcoming) "Do Morals Matter?" He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2014, Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun.

The talk is based on Professor Nye's book, "Do Morals Matter?"


 How Do Populists Govern?

Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton University)

Date | Friday Feb. 21 |  Refreshments 5:30, talk 6 p.m.

Photo of Dr. Mueller - Copyright KD Busch

Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, Hugo Chávez, Viktor Orban, Recep Tayyip Erdogan—populists seem to be on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Is there really a global wave or movement?  And how do populists govern? Is populism a threat to democracy or does it represent the “true will” of the people?

Jan-Werner Müller is a professor at Princeton University. His books include "Constitutional Patriotism", "Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth Century Europe", and "What is Populism?", which has been translated into 25 languages. He writes for the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs. Jan-Werner Müller studied at the Free University, Berlin, University College, London, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and Princeton University. From 1996 until 2003 he was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; from 2003 until 2005 he was Fellow in Modern European Thought at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony’s College. Since 2005 he has been teaching in the Politics Department. Photo credit: KD Busch.

The talk is based on Professor Mueller's book, "What is Populism?"

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• Müller Student Lecture | Friday Feb. 21 |  10:30 a.m. | Cohen Student Union, Rm 201 

How can we think more systematically (and normatively) about the relationship between democracy and architecture as well as the built environment? Tracing the difficulties of representing and facilitating democracy, Professor Müller will discuss a number of examples of how particular spatial arrangements can help or hinder the implementation of ideals of self-rule. 
This event is open to the public. 


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