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Coming to Campus

- March 27, 2006

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

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 7:30 pm.

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 citizens.

He will explain how this role came about and how other countries have come to accept, resent, and exert influence on this role.

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 of April.

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, and positive.

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.”

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