Prominent authorities will dissect, analyze, and answer questions about front page topics, from world economics to world politics.
October 31 – The End of Normal
James K.Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr., Chair of Government/Business Relations, and is a professor of government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin. His recent book was Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis (Oxford Press,2012). Dr. Galbraith received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and his B.A. from Harvard. His recent research has focused on the measurement and understanding of inequality in the world economy and the financial crisis.
November 7 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The 2014 Election & President Obama’s Second Term
Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at LBJ School for Public Affairs, University of Texas. She is senior analyst for Latino Decisions and a senior fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Dr. Soto, who analyzes how social identities shape political behavior, is also a political analyst for Telemundo and a contributor to MSNBC and NBC. She is currently working on a book project that looks at the integration of Latinos in the American polity. She was recently named one of the top 12 Emerging Scholars in the county by Diverse magazine.
November 14 – Understanding Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East: A History of the Modern Problem
Ussama Makdisi is a professor of history and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation, Chair of Arab Studies at Rice. He is author of Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001 (Public Affairs, 2010). In 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Dr. Makdisi a Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship about Muslim societies and communities in the United States and abroad. Dr. Makdisi, who has a Ph.D. from Princeton, spent last year as a resident fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study).
November 21 – The U.S.-Mexico Border: 21st Century Problems and 20th Century Institutions
Dr. Tony Payan, director of newly created Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute, has been seeing both sides of the border as associate professor of political science at University of Texas, El Paso, and as a member of the graduate faculty at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez. He is author of “The Three U.S. – Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security.” Dr. Payan, who has a Ph.D from Georgetown, will discuss “The U.S.-Mexico Border: 21st Century Problems and 20th Century Institutions.”
December 5 – Global Politics, the Media, and Foreign Policy Decision-Making in North Africa
Elizabeth Colton has worked in more than 100 countries as a foreign service officer, most recently at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Before joining the Foreign Service, she was a journalist working in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Colton has a doctorate in social anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently program director and adviser for the American Committee on Foreign Relations.