Global Perspectives Speaker Series

SGIS Global Perspectives Speaker Series, 2013-2014

The Global Perspectives Speaker Series hosts a wide array of prominent public servants, scholars, and activists whose professional accomplishments demonstrate impact and leadership on the global stage.

The series is an initiative of the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Established in 2012, the School of Global and International Studies offers opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research, providing students with the global competencies and leadership skills needed in the 21st century.


Former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar
Professor of Practice in the School of Global and International Studies

“Ukraine Matters – A Vital Opportunity for Constructive United States-European Action”

Wednesday, April 23, 4 pm
Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

Thomas Carothers

Thomas Carothers
Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Doubts and Dilemmas: U.S. Responses to Arab Political Change"

Tuesday, March 25, 1:00 pm
Bridgwaters Lounge, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

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Jonathan Jansen

Jonathan Jansen
Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations

“Using Global(ized) Thinking in Breaking Down Barriers to Human Togetherness in a Former White University”

Friday, March 7, 12-1:30 pm
Wright School of Education Auditorium

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Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin
Award-winning Canadian-American author of Indian descent 

“The Selector of Souls”

Tuesday, February 18, 4:00 pm
State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union

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Husain Haqqani

Ambassador Husain Haqqani
Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US (2008-2011)
Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University

“Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding”

Friday, January 31, 4 pm (book signing to follow)
State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union

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Eric Weitz

Eric Weitz
Dean of Humanities & Arts and Professor of History
City University of New York

Borderlands and Bloodlands: Rethinking the Mass Violence of the Twentieth Century in Eastern Europe

Tuesday, September 17, 4 pm
Chemistry Building Room 122

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Arjun Appadurai

Arjun Appadurai
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

Finance and the Global Imaginary

Thursday, September 26, 5 pm
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU

Laurence Wohlers

Ambassador Laurence Wohlers

“What Happens When a State Collapses?”

Thursday, October 3, 4:00 pm
Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

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Augustin Fosu

Augustin K. Fosu
Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER),
University of Ghana

“Developing African Economies: The Past, Present, and Future”

Thursday, November 7, 4:00 pm, IMU Walnut Room

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Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson

“Networking: The Challenges and Opportunities of International Public Service”

Monday, November 11, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
IMU State Room East

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1st Annual SGIS Global Perspectives Speaker Series, Spring 2013: “Coexistence and Conflict Mediation across the Globe” »