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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program will offer three lectures in its speaker series this fall. All programs are free and open to the public, and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Bard Hall, 410 West 58th Street, New York. Reservations are requested as seating is limited. Each program will be moderated by James Chace, director of the BGIA Program. On Thursday, October 9, Ian Bremmer and Jonathan Becker will speak on “Russia and the Future of American Foreign Policy.” Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group and senior fellow and director of Eurasia studies at the World Policy Institute. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and has held positions at the Harriman Institute, Hoover Institution, the EastWest Institute, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. An expert on U.S. foreign policy and Eurasian states in transition, Bremmer has published widely on nation- and state-building, ethnic conflict, and international relations in the region. Recent publications include New States, New Politics: Building the Post Soviet Nations and articles and essays in International Affairs, World Policy Journal, Journal of Democracy, New Republic, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and New York Times. He is a regular commentator on CNN, CNBC and CBC Newsworld, and a columnist for the Financial Times. Becker, dean of international studies and assistant professor of political studies at Bard, is the author of Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States: Press, Politics, and Identity in Transition. He received a D.Phil. from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and specializes in Soviet, Russian, and Eastern European politics, and media and politics. Becker has taught at Central European University, University of Kiev Mohyla Academy, and Wesleyan and Yale Universities. On Thursday, November 13, Silvana Paternostro and Kenneth Sharpe will give a talk titled “Is Colombia the Next Vietnam?” Paternostro is a Colombian-born journalist and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Her articles and features have appeared in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Daily News, Details, Spin, and the Paris Review. She was selected in 1996 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to participate in his writers workshop held in Cartagena, Colombia. In 1997, Paternostro was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize for her journalism on Cuba. Sharpe, professor of political science at Swarthmore College, is an expert on foreign policy, Latin American politics, and U.S. drug enforcement policies. He is the coauthor of Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial, which examines the ineffectiveness of the Americas’ punitive narcotics policy and calls instead for a public-health approach that aims to reduce demand for drugs. He has done extensive field research in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions about drug enforcement. Sharpe also has written several books analyzing, among other issues, the political economy of the Mexican auto industry, the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and constitutional democracy, and the imperial presidency. He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from Yale University and his M.Sc. in 1967 from the London School of Economics. The fall speaker series will conclude on Thursday, December 11, with Mark Danner, who will present a lecture titled “On the Road to Empire.” Danner, Henry J. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, is a staff writer for the New Yorker and professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War. His writing has also appeared in Aperture, Harper's, the New York Review of Books; in the New York Times Magazine and New York Times Book Review; and on the New York Times Op-Ed page. James Chace, moderator of each program, is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law and Administration at Bard. He is the author of Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World; The Consequences of Peace; Solvency: The Price of Survival; and America Invulnerable: The Quest for Absolute Security from 1812 to Star Wars. Chace is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, and other publications. The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program offers students in their third or fourth year of college a unique opportunity to live in Manhattan and study with eminent scholars, journalists, and leading figures in the field of foreign relations. According to James Chace, director of the BGIA, “As the world capital of media and international finance and the home of the United Nations, New York offers a singular opportunity for undergraduates to spend a semester combining academic study with work as interns in international financial, human rights, and policy-setting organizations.” For reservations of further information, call 212-333-7575 or e-mail For further information about the program, visit # # # (10.02.03)


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This event was last updated on 12-15-2003