Michael Mandelbaum will deliver the political science department’s 15th annual Louis L. Gerson Foreign Policy Lecture on Tuesday, April 4.
The lecture will be in the North Reading Room of Wilbur Cross at
Mandelbaum will speak about his latest book, The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World’s Government in the 21st Century.
His theme is that the United States provides “public goods” – security, economic stability, etc. – to the world in much the same way as a government provides these things to its
He will explain how this role came about and how other countries have come to accept, resent, and exert influence on
He will also address prospects for the continuation of this role, which depends most importantly on whether the American public is willing to
pay for it.
Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
He also serves on the board of advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington-based organization sponsoring research and public discussion
on American policy toward the Middle East.
He is a prolific foreign policy analyst, having authored 10 books and numerous articles.
Two other recent books are The Ideas That Conquered The World: Peace, Democracy, and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century and The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do. He is also the editor of 12 books.
Don McPherson, a former professional athlete and nationally recognized speaker, will speak on the topic, “What Does It Mean to Be A Man?” on Wednesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Room A120 of the Chemistry Building.
The event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which takes place during the month
McPherson will lead an interactive and provocative workshop that addresses how narrow masculinity is learned and reinforced through social and cultural influences.
The primary goal of this presentation is the prevention of all forms of “men’s violence against women” by addressing the culture that leads to violence.
The discussion is intended to
be non-accusatory, proactive,
McPherson was introduced on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002 as follows: “To everyone around him, former NFL quarterback Don McPherson was ‘the man’.
"But Don says he didn’t become a real man until he gave up his football career. Now Don is one of the men leading a movement challenging men to take responsibility for inappropriate male behavior. He helps men open
up about sex, relationships and their emotions.”