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Farrell Lecture

Each year, the Department of Political Science welcomes a distinguished visitor to deliver a lecture supported by funding from R. Barry Farrell's gift to the department. Professor Farrell taught in the political science department from 1957 until his death in 1991. In both his research and teaching, Professor Farrell sought to forge closer links between theories of politics and the experience of making foreign policy. The Farrell Lecture gives students and faculty the opportunity to learn from and interact with scholars and practitioners who bridge the worlds of political science and foreign policy practice.

Past Speakers

2017-18: "Georgia: On the Frontline with Russia" featuring: Ian Kelly, Ambassador of the United States to Georgia; former spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State and Director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington, D.C. and David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States; former State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

2016-17: Tina Tchen, Former Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama

2016-17: Alumni Lecture: Stephen Krupin, WCAS Political Science and Medill Class of 2004, Former speech writer to President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

2015-16: Carol Moseley Braun, former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and U.S. Senator from Illinois, "A Conversation with Carol Moseley Braun"

2014-15: John Kirshner, Cornell University, "American Power after the Financial Crisis"

2013-14: Charli Carpenter, University of Massachusetts – Amherst – "Gender, the Laws of War and the Civilian Protection Paradox"

2012-13: Carne Ross, activist and diplomat, Independent Diplomat

2011-12: Roland Paris, scholar, University of Ottawa – “What can we do? Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect”

2010-11: Lea Brilmayer, scholar, Yale University, Law School

2009-2010: Alexandre Trudeau Refuge – “A Film About Darfur By Alexandre Trudeau And Jonathan Pedneault”